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The Basic Guide To Antidepressant Drugs

Aug 30, 2008
Antidepressants are the medicines that are used to relieve the depression. Depression is of two types namely the clinical and the normal depression. Out of these the clinical type is much serious than the normal one. In case of clinical depression there are a number of antidepressants that are suggested by the doctors.

Antidepressants are not regarded as pharmacology and it is regarded individually from stimulants.They are also used for the treatment of various conditions consisting of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and chronic pain. Some of the drugs are now called as lifestyle drugs and often known as mood brighteners

In case of clinical depression the individual suffers from intense sadness, melancholia or despair. In such case, the conditions are advanced at the extreme levels that finally result in the disruption of the social life of an individual.

The antidepressants have their existence from long years back. There development is traced from the year 1950. There are a variety of antidepressants that are available in the market. There are almost thirty different types of the antidepressants that are developed today.

Out of the total 30 different types four types are mainly used. They include the Trycyclics, the Monoamine oxidase inhibitor, the selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitor and the Serotonin and the Nor adrenaline reuptake inhibitors.

There are basic two types of depressions. They are mainly the physiological causes and the socialpsychological causes. When the doctor prescribes for a antidepressant medicine one must understand that the medication that is given is for the correct objective.

The intake of antidepressants increases the chemical activity of the brain. Especially it increases the chemical activity of the neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters are present in the brain. The antidepressants increase the chemical activities of these neurotransmitters and help the person to elevate his mood or to come out of depression.

Antidepressants are used in case of chronic pain, moderate to severe depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, severe anxiety and panic attacks, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder. There are cases when depression cannot be recovered by its own.

One has to take the antidepressants to relieve one's depression. If the antidepressant does not show their effect immediately one has to wait for a period of one to three months to help the antidepressant to show its effect.

The antidepressants are very risky when one takes the overdose. It can lead to death in some cases. The new antidepressants are less risky as compared to the old ones. One should eat the antidepressants only when prescribed by the doctor and not otherwise. Also since these antidepressants are dangerous they should be kept out of reach of the small children.
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