Depression Information

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Depression can strike anyone. Often a case of the “blues” can lead to depression. There are various types of depression, elderly depression, post partum depression, situation depression, and depression caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.

The symptoms of depression include new sleeping habits, new eating habits, a sense of hopelessness, disillusionment, pessimism, worthlessness, changes in behavior, changes in mood patterns, or a sullen and withdrawn attitude. The patient needs to express 5 or more of these symptoms for at least two weeks to be considered to have major depressive disorder, but having any two symptoms for a week or more may be a sign of mild to moderate depression. Severe depression can lead to irrational thoughts and behavior, including thoughts of hurting oneself or suicide.

Depression can be brought on by a multitude of causes. A chemical imbalance in the brain is responsible for less than 25% of depression. Situational depression, depression caused by the death of a loved one, an unhealthy living environment, a loss, a change, or other variable factors. Depression can be brought on by some medications. The long term use of pain relieving narcotics such as morphine can lead to severe depression as can the long term use of other medications. Hormonal changes, particularly those after giving birth, can bring on post partum depression. Heredity may play a factor in depression, but it is not necessarily a determining factor.


Depression

There are few risk factors for depression, as anyone can experience depression if the circumstances are right. Women are more likely to be depressed than men, and depression can sometimes run in families. People who come from disruptive or abusive homes or have experienced abuse in their past are more likely to become depressed. People who have experienced a severe depression once are more likely to experience it again.

Depression is typically diagnosed through a visit with either a family doctor or a mental health professional. A series of questions can be asked and answered in order to determine the severity of depression. Most people know when they are depressed, or others can recognize it for them. Medical causes that can show some signs of depression should be ruled out prior to diagnosing an individual as depressed. The Beck’s Depression Scale Inventory test and other tests and screening questions may be used in determining whether or not someone is depressed.

Untreated depression can lead to serious consequences, such as the loss of a job, illness, the loss of family, and in some cases self inflicted death. Even treated depression can lead to self inflicted wounds and in the worst case scenario, death. Depression is serious and needs to be remedied as early as possible. Post partum depression can lead to the mother harming herself or her baby.

There is a multitude of option when treating depression. Depression can be treated with counseling, medication, in-patient therapy, interventions to allow for normal sleep patterns, and image related therapies. Though quite controversial, many clinics and inpatient facilities still perform electric shock therapy on severely depressed patients. However, more progressive psychologists and psychiatrists are attempting more progressive forms of alternative therapies such as stimulative therapies.

Because there are so many treatment options not every mental health professional treats depression in the same manner. That means that while his or her techniques may be appropriate for some, they may not be appropriate for all. Considering that most people in a depressive state are not thinking as clearly as they normally would, it may be a good idea to have a significant other involved in the treatment plan.

Depression as well as treatment for depression has their share of side effects and risks. Careful monitoring is required in order to successfully treat and “cure” depression. While depression can in fact be cured, those with a history of depression are likely to experience some form of depression again in the future. It is vital that patients understand their treatment, their risk factors, and learn to monitor their own depression in order to successfully win against depression. Regular exercise, healthy sleep and eating habits, and managing stress are all methods of managing and combating depression. Knowing when depression is no longer managageable and knowing when to ask for help is vital for all depression sufferers.

Depression medications for sale

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Anafranil

10mg, 25mg, 50mg
Anafranil, which is generically prescribed as clomipramine, is commonly used to treat the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder by affecting the chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced. Anafranil is a tricyclic antidepressant. Tricyclic antidepressants have a risk of increasing the likelihood of suicidal thoughts and new patients require very careful monitoring especially in the first 12 weeks of treatment. Sometimes prolonged use of this medication can lead to thoughts of self harm or suicide.
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Celexa

20mg
Celexa, which is generically prescribed as citalopram is used to treat the symptoms of depression. Celexa belongs to a family of medications known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These medication are designed affect the chemicals in the brain that are thought to cause depression.
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Cymbalta

20mg, 30mg, 40mg
Cymbalta, which is generically prescribed as duloxetine, is commonly used to treat the symptoms of major depressive disorder, or can be used to treat nerve pain in patients with chronic conditions, in particular diabetes.
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Desyrel

100mg, 25mg, 50mg
Desyrel, which is generically prescribed as trazodone, is part of the family of medications known as antidepressants. It is commonly used to treat the symptoms associated with depression such as hopelessness, sadness, worthlessness, guilt, lack of interest in daily activities, insomnia, changes in appetite, sleeping excessively, and thoughts of self harm or suicide.
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Effexor

37,5mg, 75mg
Effexor is generically prescribed as venlafaxine and is commonly used to treat the symptoms of major depressive disorders, anxiety disorder, and panic disorders. These disorders are typically caused by an imbalance in the brain which Effexor tries to correct. Effexor is a selective serotonin and norephedrine reuptake inhibitor, also called an SSNRI.
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Elavil

10mg, 25mg, 50mg
Elavil, which is generically prescribed as amitripyline, is commonly used to treat the symptoms of depression. Elavil is part of the family of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants. Elavil corrects chemicals in the brain believed to become unbalanced in depressed patients.
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Eldepryl

10mg, 5mg
Eldepryl is prescribed to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, it works by preventing the breakdown of dopamine in the brain.
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Lexapro

10mg, 20mg, 5mg
Lexapro, which is generically prescribed as escitalopram, is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression. Lexapro is a member of the family of drugs known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
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Luvox

100mg, 50mg
Luvox is generically prescribed as fluvoxamine and is commonly prescribed to treat the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorders. Luvox is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and should not be taken within at least 14 days of taking an MAO inhibitor as this may lead to fatal drug interactions.
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Paxil

10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg
Paxil, which is generically prescribed as paroxitine, is commonly used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorders. Paxil is a member of the family of drugs known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
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Remeron

15mg, 30mg
Remeron, which is generically prescribed as mirtazapine, is commonly used to treat the symptoms of depression. Remeron is a member of the family of drugs known as antidepressants. It may take several weeks before the patient experiences the effects of Remeron. This medication should not be suddenly stopped.
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Sinequan

10mg, 25mg, 75mg
Sinequan is also generically prescribed as doxepin and otherwise prescribed as Adapin. Sinequan is commonly used to treat depression as well as anxiety which is typically associated with alcohol withdrawal, manic depressive disorders, and serious psychiatric conditions. Sinequan is tricyclic antidepressants which affect the chemicals in the brain that are believed to be off balance in these conditions. It is vital that a patient who is beginning a tricyclic antidepressant is carefully monitored to avoid the development of suicidal thoughts or behaviors. While these behaviors can occur at any time during treatment, it is most prevalent during the initial 12 weeks of treatment.
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Zyprexa

10mg, 15mg, 2,5mg, 20mg, 5mg, 7,5mg
Zyprexa is an antipsychotic medication which is generically prescribed as olanzapine, and is commonly used in the treatment of psychotic conditions, most regularly bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Zyprexa is not appropriate for older adults with dementia, as it does not effectively treat dementia and has been proven to cause heart attacks and stroke when used for this purpose.