Is it Time for medication? The Benefits of Antidepressants

Whether or not to take medication for depression is a personal decision. Even among friends, it is often a sensitive subject because there are differing opinions on just what these medications are capable of doing. Research is still being done on what antidepressants can and can not do.

Before making a decision, sit and have a frank discussion with your doctor. While Internet research may be helpful, your doctor is trained to help you understand the risks and benefits of using antidepressants in the treatment of your depression.

There are two sides to every story and depression is no exception. What are the symptoms that you are experiencing with your depressive disorder? Are you able to function normally in your everyday life? How long has this latest depressive episode lasted?

Depression can cause life-altering changes in the body, mind, and life a person. These changes can be simply too much for a person to deal with. There can be feelings of sinking further and further into a deep dark hole with no chance of escape. This is where medication comes in.

Let’s look at a few examples of the benefits that antidepressants may provide a person suffering from depression.

Experience Increased HealthDepression, like stress, can cause physical as well as psychological changes in your body. Your immune system is compromised without proper treatment of the depression. Being treated for depression can decrease your risk of heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes and other debilitating disorders.

Get Better Rest, Finally — Depression can lead to fatigue. However, that doesnít mean that you are sleeping. When you do sleep, it may not be as restorative as it needs to be. When neurotransmitters that play a role in the sleep process are restored to balance with medication, you can finally sleep soundly. Your body gets the time it needs to repair itself which can increase the strength of your immune system.

Regain Intimacy — While sexual side effects deter some people from using certain antidepressants, just the act of returning to your former self can put a spark back in your love life. One of the symptoms of depression is a loss of interest in sex. Medication can return some of that interest so you and your partner can return to the relationship you once had.

Attain Pain Relief Depression can actually cause physical pain. Using medication to treat your depressive symptoms can restore mobility and ease of movement without pain.

Increased Ability to ConcentrateWhen depression strikes it is often hard to keep your focus. Your mind races at a mile a minute or shuts down completely. Even simple decision making can become difficult, or even impossible. Neurotransmitters that are responsible for concentration are more balanced when treated with medication. Your chores get done, job performance improves, and your focus is restored. Decision-making capabilities are back.

Restore Family StabilityMany withdraw from family life when they are depressed. Irritability can lead to arguments with your family. A short temper caused by your depression can spark even more trouble. A more stabilized mood will keep your family from having to walk on eggshells around you. You will feel better and be able to be better to them as a result. Having fun with your family again will improve your mood and help reduce your depressive symptoms.

Weigh the pros and cons of treating depression with medication. Discuss all the options for treatment with your doctor today.

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