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There are several types of medication used to Treat Depression.  These drugs improve symptoms  of depression by increasing certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.  It is felt that these brain chemicals can improve one’s mood. Major types of Ani Depressants include the following: 1.  Tri cyclic antidepressants. (TCAs)       Tri cyclic depressants are some of the first medications used to treat depression.  They primarily affect the communication of two chemical messengers (neuro transmitters) norepinephrine  and serotinin, in the brain. Despite the benefits of these medications, it is possible that they  have more side effects so they are not usually the first drugs used. 2.  Monoamine oxdase inhibitors (MAOIs) Monoamine oxdase inhibitors  are a form of anti depressants.  This category of drugs are most effective for people who do not  respond to other treatments.  It is possible that certain foods like cheese, beverages like wine and medications can interact with this category of medications therefore [...]

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Adjustment Disorders are a group of symptoms, such as stress, feeling sad, and physical symptoms that can occurs after you go though a stressful life event. The symptoms occur because you are having  a difficult time coping, and the reaction is stronger or greater that would be expected for the type of event that occurred. Causes Many different events may trigger symptoms of an as adjustment disorder.  Whatever the trigger is , the event may become overwhelming.  Stressors include: death of a loved one; divorce or problems with a relationship; life changes; illness or other health issues in yourself or a loved one; moving to a different home or location; unexpected catastrophes; worries about money. Triggers of stress in teenagers and young adults include: family problems or conflict; school problems; and possibly sexuality issues. Symptoms include: acting defiant or showing impulsive behavior; acting nervous or tense, crying, feeling sad; feeling hopeless; [...]

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Dysthymia, also known as chronic depression, is characterized by a long term (two years or more) depressed mood.  There are symptoms present that are associated with major depression but not enough for a diagnosis of major depression.   Dysthymia typically does not disable the person.  If you have symptoms of dysthymia, you may also experience one or more episodes of major  depression during your lifetime. While not disabling like major depression, dysthymia can keep you from feeling your best and functioning optimally.  Dysthymia can begin in childhood or in adulthood. . A mental health specialist generally makes the diagnosis based on a person’s symptoms. In the case of dysthymia, the symptoms  will have lasted for a longer period of time and be less severe than major depression. If you  have had depressive symptoms for more than two weeks you should consider an evaluation by your doctor or a psychiatrist.  Your provider will likely perform a thorough medical evaluation, paying particular  attention to [...]

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Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad.  But these feelings are usually short lived and pass within a couple of days.  When you have depression, it interceders with daily life and causes pain for both your and those who care about you.  Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with depressive illness never seek treatment.  But the majority, even those with most severe depression, can get better with treatment.  Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression. There are several forms of depressive disorders.  We will now focus on major depressive disorder.  Major depressive disorder is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat,and enjoy once pleasurable activities.  Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally.  Some people may experience only  a single episode with their lifetime, but more often person may have multiple [...]