Should I take medication for depression ? These symptoms show medication may help. Crying spells that can happen at anytime. Even when you feel happy. Laying in bed for days. Too low energy to even bathe. Suicidal. Unable to speak with friends or reach out for help. These are signs of serious depression.
Should I take medication for depression
There are many factors in deciding whether to take medication for your mood. If you are prescribed medication by your doctor, ask what symptoms he hopes it will treat. They may say it will give you more energy, reduce anxiety, or raise your mood. Ask for specific answers. Ask about side effects. Both the most common and less common side effects. Most often, the medication will either help or it won’t–with minimal side effects. In this case, your doctor may change your prescription. Some medications for anxiety and depression are addictive. Many sleep aids are addictive. It is important to know if your medication is addictive. Sometimes this is overlooked by physicians and patients. The most common addictive medications are Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Ambien and Lunesta. If prescribed for short periods– 2 weeks– they are generally safe. Most other medications for mood are not addictive. “Informed Consent” is your doctor or therapist obligation to disclose hazards and benefits of treatment. Only when you are aware of treatment, can you make a decision to comply or refuse it.
Was medication previously helpful?
If you took medication before and it was helpful, that’s a good sign it may help again. Tell your doctor the names of medications that worked for family members.
Medication Versus Counseling/Psychotherapy
There is no short answer but here are guidelines:
1) They often compliment one another.
2) Unless you are severely depressed, try counseling first. The results tend to be longer lasting.
3) For low energy and fatigue, meds are often more helpful.
4) Addictive meds are often prescribed for severe anxiety and panic attacks. Try counseling first. Cognitive therapy usually works well. And can get quick results.
5) Medication changes your mental state. Therapy changes traits. Or changes how you cope with stress.