The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that more than 16 million American adults suffer from depression annually. Across the globe, that number is an astonishing 350 million. Despite the prevalence of the disease, many people have very little understanding of the prescription medications available to treat it. So what should you know about antidepressants?
Antidepressants are prescription drugs used to treat the symptoms of depression, including:
- Loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Changes in weight or appetite
Not everyone struggling with depression needs to be on antidepressants, and they can have some significant side effects, including:
- Birth defects
- High blood pressure
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
- Disrupted sleep
- Sexual arousal and performance problems
Most medications will not take effect until used for a few weeks. Antidepressants can lead to substance abuse and addiction, but it is important to talk to your doctor before you stop taking a prescribed antidepressant.
If you believe that you or someone you love may be abusing antidepressants, you should speak with a certified addiction specialist in consultation with your doctor at the earliest opportunity. Substance addiction is a progressive disease that will only grow worse if left untreated.
At Asana Recovery, we provide a supervised detoxification and residential treatment program that can help those struggling at any stage of addiction. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our inspiring facilities and find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be right for you.