Antidepressants are increasingly entering the everyday life of many people. Despite the fact that there is a consensus in the professional community about their effectiveness in the treatment of depression, in the society, the use of antidepressants is not considered something healthy. Many of those who take these drugs in the hope of improving their mental state are confronted with misunderstandings from relatives and friends, who often consider their reception a whim or even the result of a conspiracy of pharmaceutical companies.
Since the early 2000s, the frequency of antidepressant use has increased in almost all countries. In 2000, most of these drugs were used by people in Iceland: 71 people out of a thousand admitted that they regularly use them, and in 2011, this number increased to 106 people per thousand. In Canada and Australia, the figures are not much better: in 2011, 86 and 89 out of a thousand people resorted to medication against depression, respectively. Residents of the countries of Eastern Europe avoid the constant intake of antidepressants, but they often use them once (to be honest, it does not make much sense for health).
There are studies in which it turned out at all that the drug helps one group of patients, reducing the severity of the symptoms of their depression by a quarter, and the other group does not get any benefit from it (but they are helped by a placebo). The thing is that each has its own schedule of recovery – the degree of depression manifestations with time – and it depends not only on the pills used but also on psychotherapy, home conditions and much more.
The doctor should choose the course of treatment with antidepressants. A professional approach to diagnosis and treatment regimen guarantees a lasting effect, and, on the contrary, self-activity in taking medications – antidepressants is fraught with consequences. Among them, there are such drugs, the action of which provokes suicide. Many types of modern antidepressants require deep knowledge in their field, care and desire to help the patient from the attending physician. After all, until recently, depression was considered nothing more than a whim, and more recently, such patients began to be treated as people requiring medical care.
Antidepressants are considered relatively safe drugs, especially when prescribed in a therapeutic dose in a hospital. But outpatient treatment with antidepressants is dangerous with an overdose because the drugs are divided into safety groups and classified into:
- relatively safe ones
- potentially dangerous
- very dangerous.
Uncontrolled use of antidepressants threatens the patients with death because most suicides occur in a state of depression. Antidepressants are not addictive and do not affect a person’s creativity. Often, antidepressant medication is combined with other therapies. The choice of a specific medicine and dosage is possible only by an experienced doctor because the action of the antidepressant does not affect immediately, and sometimes you have to use the trial and errors method to achieve the effect, selecting the right drugs.
If a person takes antidepressants or medications to reduce anxiety, this does not necessarily mean that he or she is really sick and really needs those drugs. Meanwhile, Valium and other drugs do not work on healthy people. It turns out like this: according to clinical indications, one person out of a hundred needs antidepressants, but because of advertising or some other factors, they are taken by ten people out of a hundred. Nine healthy people from ten can take tablets, for example, Xanax, and it won’t work, and as a result, most people start to think that these drugs are ineffective at all. And this is not right.