What are antidepressants?

An antidepressant is an effective form of treatment for depression. Antidepressants help relieve the symptoms of depression. Depression symptoms are, sleep issues, feelings of irritability or agitation, and guilt. Some may have poor self-esteem, forgetfulness with poor focus. Some people may have a poor appetite. Some have low energy and would prefer to stay in bed. Some may prefer to isolate themselves from family and friends. Some develop negative thoughts, suicidal and homicidal thoughts. Some may feel anxious and restless as well. Medications are effective with those who have moderate to severe forms of depression.

Antidepressants have to be taken daily to have good results. Initially, some may have normal side effects from antidepressants like headaches, abdominal issues, and low sex drive. Some may have dizziness or a dry mouth.  Research has shown that antidepressants assist with symptoms of depression and decrease suicidality.

First-line antidepressants are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors such as Fluoxetine, Sertraline, Paroxetine, and Citalopram. Antidepressants take a while to work. The dose might need to be increased. A combination of meds may help relieve symptoms of depression. Relief will come when medications are taken daily. A combination of therapy, medication, and self-care will ultimately relieve symptoms of depression.

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