Depression medications are used in the
biological approach to treatment because depression
medications help correct chemical imbalances that some
attribute to depression. Depression medications are
called antidepressant drugs. These depression medications
help regulate emotions and moods by controlling the
corresponding neurotransmitters. Depression medications
affect the serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine levels
in different ways but essentially the more of these
substances available to the nerve cells the more regulated
the mood. Depression medications have been proven to
work in about 70% of the patients who try them. This
means of course that 30% of patients are not helped
by depression medications. In addition, some older depression
medications have unwanted side effects.
Older depression medications include monoamine
oxidase inhibitors and tricyclics, also known as heterocyclics
have been used since the 1950's. For some, these depression
medications have unwanted side effects including dry
mouth, constipation, dizziness, anxiety, headaches and
others. Newer depression medications known as selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors(SSRIs) are now prescribed
more frequently because they have less reported side-effects.
Other newly developed depression medications
include the brands Wellbutrin, Serzone, Remeron, Effexor
and Desyrel which all work by also controlling serotonin,
dopamine and norepinephrine levels. Depression medications
can work to counteract suicidal thoughts and feelings
of helplessness for many depression sufferers.
In any discussion of depression medications,
however, it must be pointed out that for some types
of depression, studies have shown that psychotherapy
alone has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants.
Some studies even suggest that treating depression with
psychotherapy alone is more effective in preventing
depression relapses, that is, reoccurring bouts of depression.
Depending on the type of health professional you seek
treatment from, you may be informed of psychotherapy
instead of depression medications or vice versa.
It is because of the diverse treatments
available that National Referral takes the time to investigate
programs that offer both the biological and psychological
approach. Depression medications should be administered
and supervised by an on staff medical doctor and psychotherapy
can come in the form of individualized treatment, group
therapy or both but always from a licensed professional.
You or a loved one has trouble with depression
and you think that depression medications are the answer.
This very well may be but maximize the odds of recovering
by going with a treatment that addresses the mind and
body symptoms of depression. Call National Referral
today to find out which treatment programs offer full
The phone call is free and confidential
so call today.