You may have suffered from depression or simply wonder what depression is? This article will describe the symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. In addition, this article will also provide a variety of medications used to treat symptoms associated with depression.
What Is Major Depressive Disorder?
According to http://www.allaboutdepression.com/dia_03.html, the presence of a single major depressive episode must occur for a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder to be given. However, this is not the only criteria for this disorder to be given. To explain further, according to http://www.allaboutdepression.com/dia_03.html, a person must also experience a depressed mood or a loss of interest in daily activities. However, there is more. According to http://www.allaboutdepression.com/dia_03.html, for at least a time frame of two weeks a person may also experience weight gain or loss, insomnia or hypersomnia, agitated or slowed down behavior, feeling fatigued, feelings of worthlessness, difficulty concentrating or thinking, as well as thoughts of suicide. It is also important to note, according to http://www.allaboutdepression.com/dia_03.html, the symptoms of a major depressive episode do not overlap the symptoms of a mixed episode. In addition, according to http://www.allaboutdepression.com/dia_03.html, impairment must be present in social, occupational, or an academic setting. On a final note, according to http://www.allaboutdepression.com/dia_03.html, the person’ symptoms are also not due to substance use or the death of someone.
What Medications Can Be Used To Treat Major Depressive Disorder?
In addition to the specific criteria used to provide a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, it is also worth mentioning the specific medication used to treat a person with a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder. According to
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/ssris/art-20044825, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors also known as SSRIs are used to treat symptoms associated with Major Depressive Disorder. Http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/ssris/art-20044825 states “SSRIs ease depression by affecting naturally occurring chemical messengers (neurotransmitters), which are used to communicate between brain cells. SSRIs block the reabsorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Changing the balance of serotonin seems to help brain cells send and receive chemical messages, which in turn boosts mood.” Hence, SSRIs boost the mood of someone with Major Depressive Disorder.
The diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder is not uncommon. Many people have suffered from Major Depressive Disorder and received proper treatment to recover and have stable lifestyles. Many people with depression have families and high paying jobs. If you have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, don’t give up. There is hope. You will still succeed. You can do it.
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