We all have dealt with several different moods every day and sometimes we might even have multiple mood swings all at once. But for people suffering from clinical depression, it’s a whole different story!
When people hear the term depression, it gives them an intense feeling of a vicious illness or state of mind that is untreatable and damages the person physically and emotionally.
Depression, on a broader perspective, can be considered as a certain state of mind where the person starts feeling negative about oneself and thus cannot handle real-life situations with hope and optimism.
However, thanks to the great leaps & bounds of medical science, clinical depression patients now have access to a plethora of antidepressants and expert therapists & counselors, who can help them get rid of their debilitating mental condition and gain stability in their thoughts.
Let’s talk about Antidepressants
The term itself is self-explanatory! Antidepressants are prescribed medications that are commonly used to suppress or mitigate the symptoms of depression such as anxiety, seasonal affective disorders, social chronic depression, dysthymia, etc. In other words, they help maintain a cordial relationship & harmony amongst numerous essential brain chemicals and neurotransmitters.
The Role of Antidepressants in Depression
The chemicals found in the brain of humans play a major role in determining one’s mood. When a person suffers from depression, there are sudden & drastic chemical reactions that lead to severe mood swings and anxiety. When a person starts to take a medication course of antidepressants, it is majorly setting up coordination between chemical balances and neurotransmitters.
Antidepressants come into action by establishing the relationship with neurotransmitters that reside between nerve cells in the brain. They prevent the “reuptake” of specific transmitters, thus effectively reducing the person’s anxiety and depression by not letting the transmitters go to those places in the brain that increase the risk of depression-prone cell receptors.
Types of Antidepressants
Here are a few types of antidepressants that are generally prescribed by doctors and psychiatrists to mitigate the symptoms of depression.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat serious depression and mood disorders. It helps in raising levels of serotonin and norepinephrine that are majorly responsible for mood stabilization.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are safer to use as they have the least side effects as compared to other antidepressants.
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are used to treat depression, fibromyalgia, some types of anxiety. They are helpful in controlling chronic pains.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) is used in cases where other antidepressants could not perform because of some specific kind of diet or food during the medication period.
Noradrenaline and specific serotoninergic antidepressants (NASSAs) are used to treat anxiety disorders, some personality disorders, and depression.
Alcohol in Depression
Often in movies, we see people consuming alcohol as a way to escape from all the sorrow and depression they are facing. But what they do not realise is that alcohol is in fact a depressant and it drags the person into more negativity, inferiority and hatred feelings. In recent medical surveys, it was revealed that amongst people who suffer from clinical depression, almost one-third were surprisingly also abusing alcohol. Consuming alcohol is not a bad thing, but incessant daily consumption will surely make you a victim of alcohol abuse.
People, who get into the loop of continuous drinking when they are in depression, suffer from more pronounced & severe fits of anxiety and depression. It makes people think about their darkest and deepest sides, sometimes leading them to fatal situations like suicides.
If you are on the antidepressants and having alcohol as well, it does not allow the former to work to its fullest capacity. Thus, reducing the effectiveness of your depression medication.. This ill habit of mixing alcohol & antidepressants will surely make you more depressed and sad than before!
One more side effect of having alcohol in depression is reduces your capacity to make sensible decisions, often leading to more chaotic & stressful situations, which further increases the level of anxiety & depression symptoms.
Survival with courage
We realize that surviving with clinical depression is very difficult and traumatic to handle, but it is now easily treatable. Depression is not an ailment or infectious disease but it is just an unhealthy state of mind that has been caused due to some major incident or chemical misbalance in the brain. To get rid of your depression, do not run away from it. Fight with it with full courage. Prep yourself with the aim of getting out of it and do not take alcohol. Because alcohol abuse is always harmful. Get yourself enlightened with positivity. When you are ready to make the necessary lifestyle changes, seek advice from our counsellors and help to start a new life. Life with hopes and opportunities.