Health Article:

Shannon Malaka  2017






Antidepressants:

The good , no not good, in fact ugly, very ugly

Shannon Malaka copyright 2017


Antidepressant medication is a means that health care professionals use to treat he mild to severe symptoms of depression. Although some medications ma add benefit, most, if not all antidepressant medications at some time or another loose their effectiveness. Not only that, antidepressant use carries its own set of risks as these medications cause major side effects that can and have led to a loss of life.

Studies have shown that less than half of those taking medications to help alleviate the symptoms of depression become symptom fee. Most who decide medication as the best option eventually become antidepressant dependent regardless of the effectiveness, and will often be prescribed and encouraged to take other choice medications along with the brand(s) they originally were given.

The mixing of medications pose their own set of health risks a many of the chemical compositions within the drugs themselves are not compatible with other medications. Because prescribed medications are given in relatively small doses, doctors suggest that mixing medications is not overly harmful if one is under the guidance of their practitioner. However if medications were so safe on their own or even mixed, then why is it common practice for medical doctors to have you sign a waiver, informing you of possible side effects and known health risks all the while encouraging you to take them as you sign the document, just so the doctor, and pharmaceutical companies will not be held liable in the ‘off chance’ harm should come to you.

It was once concluded that serotonin, a chemical in the brain was responsible for depression. However, modern science suggests that this is not the case. The fact is that researchers admittedly know very little about how antidepressants effect the brain or even the rest of the body. It is true that some medications do increase serotonin levels, but that does not mean that depression decreases. Experiments have shown that while medication can raise serotonin levels within a few hours, it takes much longer, in the form of weeks for depression symptoms to subside or become manageable. This shows that IF low serotonin levels were the direct cause of depression, the sufferer would almost immediately recover at the onset of medication use.

Only you can decide for yourself if medication is something you need. However, no one should force you to take something you are unsure of and no one should trivialize your concerns about medication use.

Knowledge is power and the more you know the more empowered you’ll feel to make the right decisions for you. Medication use was never meant to be taken for the remainder of your lifetime. But because the chemical composition within these drugs, they can not just become habit forming, but addicting. Please note that in cases of extreme depression, medication can and has been linked to the increased risk of suicide.

Common antidepressant withdrawal symptoms:

Once you begin taking antidepressant medication and later decide that you should would like to stop, this can be a bit of a challenge as your body has most likely become dependent them. It is always best to wean yourself slowly off the medication and always under the advisement of your medical doctor. Never should you stop taking medication at once as this can do more harm to your body.

IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO MENTION TO BE AWARE OF YOUR FEELINGS AT THIS TIME, AS DISCONTINUING YOUR MEDICATION CAN ALSO LEAD YOU TO DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.

Common withdrawal symptoms:

Anxiety Depression, mood swings Irritability and aggression Insomnia and nightmares

Nausea and vomiting

Dizziness

Electric shock sensations

Cramping Tremors and muscle spasms

The most common prescribed drugs for depression are prozac, Zoloft and paxil. These are also known as SSRI's or Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Antidepressant Side effects:

Nausea Insomnia

Anxiety

Restlessness

Decreased sex drive

Dizziness

Weight gain

Tremors

Sweating

Sleeplessness/fatigue

Dry mouth

Diarrhea /Constipation

Headaches

Common signs of depression:

Physical:

Abnormal eating habits, loss of appetite, eating more than usual 

Loss of or weight gain 

Sleep disorders such as insomnia, nightmares,

waking up in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep.

Lack of interest in appearance and hygiene

Self mutilation: Cutting, pulling hair, burning body with cigarettes

Emotional:

Withdrawal from family, friends and social groups 

Unrealistic expectations about performance 

Hopelessness

Anxiety 

Mood swings that are very extreme and rapidly changing

Behavioral: 

Inconsistency with personal expectations such as grades slipping at school,

job performance 

Difficulty in concentrating

Impulsive such as using the credit cards in excess,

stealing, lying

Reckless behavior;driving unsafely, putting self in dangerous situations 

Abuse of alcohol and/or drugs

Change in sexual interest

It is said that some people do not show signs of depression outwardly, while this maybe true, generally this is not the case. Often times we are not aware that there is a problem and so we do not know what to look for. People often say things out of turn and inappropriately that we often dismiss out of a genuine complacency brought on by a comfort ability within the relationship. It helps to be aware of these symptoms as someone you know and love, or even work with maybe suffering from the ill effects of antidepressants and may not be aware of it.