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Tips on Antidepressant Medications
Mental Health America prepared the following tips to help people who take or may need antidepressant drugs. As with any medication, decisions to take antidepressants must be well-informed and their use must be cautiously monitored. The following tips may help in how best to approach this decision.
- Seek help if you feel depressed or experience distress that impacts your daily life.
- Request a full evaluation from a doctor. Discuss all available treatment options and carefully weigh the risks and benefits associated with each. If your provider prescribes an antidepressant, make sure to request continual follow-ups and careful monitoring, particularly the first several weeks of taking the medication.
- Know the warning signs of suicide and act quickly if concerned. Many people are afraid to discuss suicide, but it is actually better to be open and direct.
- Separate the fact from the fiction by using credible sources based on sound medical science rather than rumor or opinion. Beware of extreme claims, such as antidepressants are "always dangerous" or "never effective." Such statements are harmful and misleading.
- Remember that the worst possible situation for anyone with depression is to go without any treatment at all.
- If you are taking an antidepressant, do not abruptly discontinue use. This can lead to major side effects. Instead, discuss any concerns with your treatment provider.
Depression is a very serious health problem that affects about 19 million American adults each year. Left untreated, it can lead to significant problems at home, at work, and with peers--as well as life-threatening problems such as heart disease, substance abuse, and suicide. In fact, Mental Health America reports that 90 percent of all suicides are related to an untreated or under-treated mental or substance abuse disorder, particularly depression. Fortunately, depression is highly treatable with therapy, medication, or the combination of the two. For more information on depression, call Mental Health America at 1-800-969-6642 or you can log onto the NEW local website for Jackson County at www.mentalhealthamericajc.net.
Mental Health America of Jackson County
P.O. Box 51
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone: (812) 522-3480
Fax: (812) 524-8176