Depression, the Risk of Suicide, and Treatment Options
What is Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)?
What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
Could I Be at Risk for Depression?
Depression does not play favorites. Anyone from any age group, socioeconomic status, or ethnic background is subject to depression. Some groups that tend to have a higher incidence of depression include:
- People between 45 to 64 years
- Blacks, hispanics, and non-hispanics of other color
- Education less than high school degree
- Those who are divorced
- People without health insurance
Do We Know What Causes Depression?
- Genetics or family history
- Chronic or acute health conditions
- Situations like job loss, workplace stress, or physical or mental abuse
- Severe grief due to death of a loved one
- Prescription drug side effects
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Hormonal changes in women
Are There Different Types of Depression?
- Major Depression (or Major Depressive Disorder)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Depressive Psychosis
- Postpartum Depression
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
If you suffer from symptoms resembling depression, please talk to a trusted friend and a healthcare provider.
What Kind of Treatments Are Available for Depression?
- Set realistic and daily goals
- Work through a crisis situation
- Develop coping and problem solving skills
- Learn to develop positive relationships
- Replace negative thoughts with positive ones
What Types of Medications are Used for Depression?
Antidepressants: How To Cope With Side Effects
Managing Antidepressant Side Effects: Nausea and Vomiting
Managing Antidepressant Side Effects: Sexual Problems
Managing Antidepressant Side Effects: Weight Gain
Managing Antidepressant Side Effects: Drowsiness, Insomnia, Headaches
The Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): Pros and Cons
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs): Pros and Cons
Miscellaneous (Atypical) Antidepressants: Pros and Cons
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs): Pros and Cons
Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs): Pro and Cons
Brintellix: A New Serotonergic Antidepressant
Fetzima: A Newer SNRI Approved for Depression in Adults
Serious Antidepressant Class Effect: Risk of Suicide
SSRI Use in Children: The FDA's Overview
How to Manage the Risk of Suicide
Do Not Abruptly Stop Taking Antidepressants
Serotonin Syndrome: A Rare But Serious Effect
- Rapid heart rate
- High fever
Drug Interactions Can Lead to Serotonin Syndrome
Antidepressants and Cost Concerns
What if My Antidepressant Does Not Work?
Finished: Depression, the Risk of Suicide, and Treatment Options
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