Sunday, February 20, 2011

Do You Really Need Anti depressant?

Before deciding to swallow that pill, there are some questions you might need to ask yourself.

What are you feeling? Consider what's going on in your life. There are some people who feel sad because something bad has happened, but the feeling is normal. If you're blue when things are doing fine, and you can't rebound from a setback, that's a danger sign. Sadness, apathy and hopelessness are also signs of depression.

Has your mood interfered with your life? Watch out if it impairs your relationships at work and with others. Depressed people lose interest in things they once loved and consider it a personal failure. They usually blame themselves without realizing they need treatment.

Have you been down for more than 2 weeks? It means you need treatment.

Are you sure it's not a physical problem? Some conditions like thyroid disorders have symptoms similar to depression. So, be sure to check it up with your doctor before you start an antidepressant.

Have you tried drug-free options? Try therapy and exercise which are proven remedies for mild to moderate depression. Again, do so before you take an antidepressant.

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you may need treatment. It's still best to let your doctor weigh your options, but if you decide to finally take medications, remember that it works best when teamed with lifestyle changes.