A lot of young adults in our generation take medication. Some of them take anti-depressants. One in ten Americans ages 12 and older report taking an anti-depressant medication. Last year, depression affected 6.4% of adults in the U.S. as opposed to 2008, when about 4% of 8-15 year olds were affected.
There are many ways to treat depression and anxiety, but the most common treatment is anti-depressants.
Anti-depressants are drugs used for the treatment of major depressive disorder and other conditions including the following:
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- eating disorders
- neuropathic pain
- attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- substance abuse
- sleep disorders
Anti-depressants work by balancing chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. Anti-depressants can help improve your mood, help you sleep better, and increase your appetite and concentration. Anti-depressant drugs helps reduce extreme sadness, feelings of hopelessness, and lack of interest in life that are typical in people with depression.
Anti-depressants also have some side effects to be aware of including
- skin rashes
- joint and muscle pain
- upset stomach
The side effects vary for the specific types of medication you take and can be solved a number of ways.
Anti-depressants are not going to cure depression or anxiety all by itself. They are recommended for use more often if you see a professional psychiatrist and to talk to your doctor or other health care provider about your treatment options and put together a plan.
Most people experience depression or anxiety at least once in their life, while others deal with it every day. If you experience sadness or hopelessness, start withdrawing from friends and family, have thoughts of death or suicide, have feelings of worthlessness and guilt, or any other signs most frequently associated with depression or anxiety, it might just be more than a temporary phase.
Contact someone and get help.
At Foley High School, you can contact Mrs. Renee Daniels, Mrs. Wilkerson, Charlie Baxter, Wendy Johnson, Wendi Lores, social worker Ansley Beverley, or see a Peer Helper in room 406. You can always talk to any adult you trust, like your teachers and coaches.