Many people benefit from antidepressants and have gained a healthy, functional life from them. However, that doesn’t mean that antidepressants should become a permanent partner. Because of the sense of calm and relaxation that they provide, a lot of patients find it difficult to quit them for good. Learning to live without relying on antidepressants can become a complicated process and can sometimes require professional help.
What Are Antidepressants Prescribed For?
Antidepressants are mainly prescribed to treat clinical depression. Adults suffering from moderate to severe depression are typically given this medication as the first step in their treatment. Doctors usually pair medication with different types of therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy that helps improve the patient’s mood and behavior.
Depression isn’t the only condition that requires antidepressants though. Several other mental health issues that can benefit from such medication include anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorders, serious phobias, bulimia, or post-traumatic stress disorders. Typically, the first choice will be SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), but If symptoms do not improve in four weeks, then the doctor may increase the dose or prescribe an alternative type of antidepressant.
Are Antidepressants Addictive?
In most instances, antidepressants are not considered to be addictive. Unlike other substances, such as alcohol, nicotine, or heroin, patients will not feel the need to increase the dosage for the same high, and they won’t experience any cravings after interrupting or stopping them.
What Are the Long-Term Concerns of Use of Antidepressants?
It is difficult to assess the long-term implications of taking antidepressants because each patient can respond differently to them. Clinical depression can have many different causes and genetic factors that come into play. What is certain is that antidepressants produce a series of changes in your brain that can sometimes result in weight gain, mood disorders, headaches, or gastrointestinal issues. However, these are considered normal and will not necessarily become permanent.
Can You Overdose on Antidepressants?
Overdosing is possible, especially if patients combine them with other drugs or medications. The lethal dose depends, however, on various factors.
- The type of antidepressant a patient is using
- Your weight and age
- The way your body metabolizes antidepressants
- Preexisting conditions such as heart or liver problems
[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In most cases, overdosing on antidepressants will only cause mild symptoms. But, based on the quantity of ingested medication and your body’s reaction to it, overdosing can even lead to death in some instances.
Antidepressants have helped and continue to help countless people to take more control over their lives and regain themselves. However, they should never be taken without the supervision of a professional that can prescribe an appropriate treatment for you.
Get Help for Your Addiction to Antidepressants
Addiction feels like a rollercoaster ride; the highs and lows can be extraordinarily intense. Many women struggling with addiction are also are prescribed antidepressants intended to decrease the depression, anxiety and mood swings associated with addiction. Unfortunately, these medications often intensify the effects of drugs and alcohol, making the addiction worse and perpetuating a dangerous and emotional cycle that may be impossible to break on your own.
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