NOTE WELL: THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN WITH THE INTENTION OF IT PROVOKING THOUGHTS. IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE USED AS A HARD AND FAST GUIDE OF DEPRESSION. IT IS MERELY THE THOUGHTS OF THE AUTHOR AND IT DOESN’T CLAIM TO BE TRUE, EVERYTHING WRITTEN WAS DERIVED FROM SOME RELIABLE SOURCE. THE AUTHOR ISN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT YOU MAY DERIVED FROM THIS ARTICLE NOR THE ACTIONS OF THE READER POST-READING OF THIS ARTICLE.
No, I am not depressed, if that is what you are thinking. I saw an advertisement for antidepressants a while back, and it got me thinking. Like serious thinking. For example have you seen the side effects of those pills? It is a massive list, and some has the potential for death. (Ironic isn’t it?) Now this is quite a confusing issue.
Now let’s say, your depressed, is it social depression (blanket term, I am referring to all non-medical depressions) or is it clinical depression? Both of these are in fact depression, however only one of them should require medical treatment. Can you guess which one?
Major depressive disorder (MDD) (also known as recurrent depressive disorder, clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.
Still need some ideas? Depression is that above which is written, although I believe that both of them can be classed as what is in the block quote above. Still though, some believe that clinical depression (not standard depression) is caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain. Some chemicals which affect mood in the brain are serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. All of these work together to create mood in the brain.
Depression appears to involve a reduced amount of one or more of these, hindering brain signals and in turn causing the various symptoms of depression. MRI’s and brain tissue samples of depressed patients shows that these neurotransmitters are below normal.
According to HealthyPlace.com and you know, actual published medical papers (although I can’t find one right now), this is the definition of Clinical Depression – A deficiency of certain chemicals in the brain. Now this is something you should be treating with pills. However this is on par with the Chemical Imbalance Theory, which states:
The basic concept is that neurotransmitter imbalances within the brain are the main causes of psychiatric conditions and that these conditions can be improved with medication which corrects these imbalances.
However I am not saying that this is the cause, this is merely a theory that accounts for mood based on the Brain‘s chemical make up at a point.
Also, depression from your own life, where you seem to lack a sense of purpose and if you feel as though you are in a rut, this is what I call social depression. This doesn’t seem to be chemical or has anything to do with the ‘brain’ if you understand what I mean. I mean yes, the brain will produce certain amounts of chemicals, it may not be what you need, because it should be corrected by simply to doing something fun, right?
But that’s the real point, just felt that I needed to provided a background to the issue at hand. Now to the issue at hand. The real issue is that there are many side-effects when using the antidepressants. Here are just some:
- Dry Mouth
- Insomnia (numbness)
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Excessive Sweating
- Muscle Weakness
And in some cases the antidepressants works in the opposite way. Instead of ‘curing’ depression, it actually worsens it and causes suicidal actions.
So here’s is my problem. Why Take antidepressants? You may have remembered that I stated that only one form of depression should be treated medically, which is logically clinical depression. Which isn’t social depression. You know heartbreak, bullying, just plain lost of interest etc. etc. Although in severe cases it may be needed.
Still I can’t grasp my head around the fact that an anti-depressant has so many side effects and in addition to that fact that it can kill you.
I don’t think anyone should be taking antidepressants for any old thing, I think something like this should only be medically administered, by a doctor. I am aware that some requires prescriptions but how will a doctor know if it is severe depression or you stuck in a rut?
NB: Care was Taken to cite well-known documentation, medical papers were unavailable at the time of writing, and so sites such as Wikipedia, HelpGuide.org, HealthyPlace.org was used. However, This is also based on my knowledge and my textbooks (CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY, OXFORD)
Related articles And Further Reading On Depression
- Surviving Depression – a life-long process (paulettecake.wordpress.com)
- Improvements In Unipolar And Bipolar Depression Following Deep Brain Stimulation (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Can You Have Mild Mania Without Depression? (everydayhealth.com)
- What Are The Symptoms Of Depression? (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Do anti-depressants really work? (my.psychologytoday.com)
- Major Depressive Disorder (allaboutcounseling.com)
- Physiology, Brain Chemicals and Hormones in Depression and Bipolar Disorder (everydayhealth.com)
- Depression Treatment Options (answers.com)