psycheducation.org/ - an excellent source of information for depression and how we can help ourselves!
I'm no medical expert, but I do speak from personal experiences. I have in the past been prescribed for depression and again several years later when I had a Nervous Breakdown. More recently I had a spontaneous aneurysm and brain haemorrhage, fall and car accident all in 2013, which left me with Brain Injury. I'd also just had a 45 t year relationship break up before those - ending up with no real support for any of the events. We can lose family and friends, when the brain goes awry and they like us, won't always understand or don't accept that we can't help the changes in our own moods and personalities!
Enough to make anyone depressed - yes - but I like to think of myself as being more frustrated - I now accept what I can't change - and welcome the opportunity to change what I can.
Needs must, so I decided I must take control of what happens to me and after months of research I 've now learnt a lot about my brain and neural effects - because the neurotransmitters control what happens to us, what we can or can't do and cope with, also how too many prescribed pills affected my physical health, but didn't help the neurological effects, made some worse!
Anti depressants, I also know from personal experience can in some circumstances, be our Angels or our Devils! Also stress!
Both control and affect our moods and behaviour, health as well. You may have seen on BBC1 news this evening the item about the young man who committed suicide when prescribed for acne. Yet the pills he took gave him some bad side effects, and obviously altered his brain function to the extent that he took his own life!
The manufacturers of the drug he was on, ROCHE, said it helps with the medical condition itself! OK it may well do so! Except his got worse and while doing so - so did the effects on his brain. All our systems are interconnected and what ends up left in the liver, which just like alcohol, is carried via the bloodstream to the brain! Another add to the mix is our genetic inheritance, so family health history is also important.
To ROCHE and the DOctors, first say what about the other potential side effects? No two people ARE the same or react/respond exactly the same way, the majority might, but what about the minorities?
Riche and Doctor interviewees this evening took the view that the risks are acceptable! OK?
I take the view that NO they b*******y well are not! Those who have neural effects whether from 'acceptable risks' or not, make unstable decisions, take distressing and unacceptable actions. It is NOT OK and should not be acceptable to the manufacturers and the Doctors.
So if your depression is because of life circumstances, health, a relationship, the weather or whatever and you seek an OTC drug or doctors prescription you think will or may help you - some meds will help some people but not all meds suit all people
Check out DRUGS. COM - for the pill you want to take check it out in relationship to any other meds you may be on.
Also use Wikipedia. I found a good link with an excellent explanation of how our brains work concerning depression at the following link
It might save someone's life one day and give some insight and guidance now.
I remind you you I'm not a medic, a counsellor or a therapist, but I have been and still am occasionally where some of you may be now! I