Living With Depression/Medication
- A Note on Anti-depressants
Prescribing anti-depressant medication is one of the main ways that doctors treat depression. The use of anti-depressants can be controversial. As with all issues related to your health, it’s important to educate yourself. Read as much as you can and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor any questions. If you are taking anti-depressants, it’s important to be aware of the side effects they may have on you. When you are prescribed a new medication, always take the opportunity to talk to your doctor. Ask them any questions about any possible side effects or how long it should take before you will feel different. Read the information provided with the drug. Report any unexpected or distressing side effects to your doctor.
If you decide you want to stop taking anti-depressants, talk to your doctor first. Your decisions may be affected by your mood. Also, some anti-depressants can have severe side effects if you stop them abruptly.
- B Note on a variety of medical therapies
In about 1 to 3 percent in the population usual anti depressants do not take effect either most of them, some of them or all of them (not scientifically approved yet due to lack of participation from the depressed public), therefore there is use in atypical which is another word for completely different substances of medication. One of those is the newly popular usual add-on treatment antipsychotic medication abilify (aripiprazole), yet for some with minor to moderate depression abilify may work perfectly in treating depression alone without any anti depressants. abilify is usually recommended for patients with schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder as it mainly works on lowering psychotic and or manic symptoms yet shouldn't be ruled out for people with depression that do not suffer from bipolar or schizophrenia in case more than 3-6 anti depressants do not take effect or work positively. However there's not yet sufficient research in proving abilify's effectiveness in depression, except from local studies.