Antidepressant medication. Uses & abuses

Happiness is a natural desire and a need for the human pysch.We function, socialise and cope better when we are happy.

Unfortunately, happiness is a two way street and we can't always stay at the right end of town when traveling life's journey. We are bound to spend some time on the dark side of town, and experience unhappiness for a while. This is normal and just a part of life for everyone of us.

However, some of us seem to get stuck down town and seem to forever dwell on the dark side. We've been there so long , we can't even pinpoint the source of our depression. According to The National Institute of Mental Health, over 16 million people over 18 in the USA in 2015, experienced one or more major bouts of depression. That represents 1 in 15 adults, so no one is alone here , no one is the odd person out. Yet, such is the stigma and the misunderstanding about depression , that sufferers tend to ignore or hide their feelings and seek solitude, or apply alcohol to their problem.

Depression is a serious and treatable disorder. It often goes undiagnosed and untreated.

The clinical diagnosis of major depression is considered on from a list of nine depressive symptoms (DSM-IV). To be diagnosed 'clinically' depressed, you must display at least five of the symptoms with one of the symptoms being a (1) depressed mood, or (2) loss of interest or pleasure in doing things.Those feelings need to be predominant for at least 2 weeks as well.

Antidepressants, as the name clearly suggests, are meant for treating depression in some people. They are not a cure but just one part of a program that should include some physcological counselling, and/or natural mind healing techniques such as meditation. They must be used under the guidance of a doctor or physician. There is lots of arguments that they work no better than a placebo, and is often the thinking that they are working, that actually works! They are definitely not a "happy pill'. Most modern antidepressants act by inhibiting reuptake of serotonin, which is seen as a mood transmitter. A low level of serotonin in your brain, can lead to depression

These Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can help maintain proper serotonin levels in your brain and a clinical response to the SSRIs should take some where from two to six weeks to appear. Please see your doctor and get the help that you need.



Uses as a Drug

Celexa is a prescription drug used to treat depression. It does this by balancing the chemicals in the brain that are associated with depression. Celexa is a type of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Read more...

Effexor XR

Uses as a Drug

Effexor XR is a drug that creates a balance in the serotonin and norepinephrine of the brain. These two neurotransmitters are found to affect depression. Because of Effexor XR’s formulation, it is used to treat the depression symptoms. Read more...


Uses as a Drug

Elavil is a drug formulated to treat symptoms of depression. It can better improve endogenous depression, which is basically non-psychotic depression that may have been coming and go, than any other types of depression. Read more...


Uses as a Drug

Fluoxetine is a psychotropic drug. So, it is not just used for the medical treatment of depression but it is also used to treat other disorders, such as bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Read more...


Uses as a Drug

Lexapro is a drug, which is a type of serotonin reuptake inhibitor, which treats depression and generalized anxiety disorder. To do this, it balances the brain’s neurotransmitters and increases the serotonin. An increase in the serotonin should restore a more positive mood. Read more...

Paxil CR

Uses as a Drug

Paxil is a drug that belongs to a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These drugs help in increasing the levels of serotonin, which are helpful in adjusting the mood of the patient. Serotonin is a chemical that is released from the sender nerve cell to the receiver nerve cell. In the receiver, serotonin is either absorbed or returned to sender. Read more...


Uses as a Drug

Paxil is an antidepressant drug that belongs to a group known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These drugs basically increase the levels of serotonin and correct under chemical imbalances in the brain to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Read more...


Uses as a Drug

Prozac is a psychotropic drug taken orally to medically treat bulimia nervosa, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and many other disorders. Read more...


Uses as a Drug

Remeron is only prescribed to patients who are suffering from a major depressive disorder. The drug treats symptoms such as sadness, guilt and worthlessness and yet others such as loss of interest in life and former activities, changes in appetite, tiredness, insomnia or sleeping too much, and suicidal ideation. Read more...

Wellbutrin SR

Uses as a Drug

Wellbutrin SR is a pharmaceutical antidepressant that may only be bought with a prescription. It treats Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), bipolar depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, nicotine addiction, cocaine addiction and lower back pain by acting on the brain and related nerve cells. It is chemically different from other antidepressant agents, such as serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. Read more...


Uses as a Drug

Wellbutrin is prescribed as an antidepressant. The drug, which adjusts chemicals on the brain and nerve cells however, also treats other behaviors and conditions other than depression. It can also be used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD (attention deficit disorder) and addictions to cocaine and nicotine. It can even relieve lower back pain. Wellbutrin is not a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor like many other antidepressants. Read more...


Uses as a Drug

Zoloft is a prescription drug used to treat depression among other conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and posttraumatic disorder in adults. It can be used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder in children and teenagers, ages 6 to 17. Read more...

Disclaimer: Remember, your doctor or healthcare provider is the single best source of information regarding you and your health. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions about your health, medication, or any symptoms you may be having.