Choosing the appropriate depression medication and subsequent treatment is crucial to recovery. There are several steps you can take to be proactive in your own treatment.
Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome can occur when depression medications are stopped abruptly. Know the withdrawal symptoms of the most commonly prescribed meds. Medication withdrawal must be supervised by your doctor. Be aware of which medications carry a dependency risk.
Visit your physician. Ask if the depression may be the result of an underlying medical condition. If so, the depression and the medical condition will be treated concurrently. Discuss the different medication options and treatments with your physician. Ask for a referral to a psychiatrist. It is best to have a psychiatrist prescribe meds and depression treatments. Discuss all possible drug and food interactions, risks and side effects of the prescription. If uncomfortable with the medication, discuss other options.
Depression is not always due to chemical imbalance, it can also occur as a result of various life stressors and situations. Get a referral to a psychologist or other certified counselor. Combining medication and therapy to fight depression is more successful and there is less chance of relapse once meds are stopped. Surround yourself with the support of groups, friends and family during your recovery.Tips & Warnings
Do not attempt to treat depression alone, see a physician.
If you, or anyone suffering depression, exhibit any of the following warning signs, seek medical attention immediately: suicidal thoughts or attempts, new or worse depression, anxiety or irritability, aggression, anger, highly agitated, hyperactivity, acting on dangerous impulses and any other unusual change in behavior. Children and young adults have a higher risk for suicide during the first one to two months of treatment.