Essay on Depression and Finding Help

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Depression and Finding Help Depression is defined as an illness; the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. Depression can be a very difficult and painful experience that affects not only the individual suffering from it, but also the people around them. There comes a point in some peoples’ lives where social isolation, low energy, sadness, low self-esteem, and the feeling of hopelessness, cannot be taken anymore. The feelings are so strong and persistent, that the victim becomes severely unhappy, which can then result in depression. Clinical depression has many related symptoms trouble sleeping, eating disorders, withdrawal and inactivity, self-punishment, and loss of pleasure.…show more content…
Therapy is obviously the oldest cure for depression, and while it has no ‘side affects,’ it is not foolproof. A therapist or psychologist may not cure a person, as this happens very often, and then another suggestion may be implemented. Drug prescription would probably be the next step. Depression can be helped with anti-depressants. The three main categories of anti-depressants are tricyclics (TCA’s), monoamine oxiduse inhibitors (MAOI’s), and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). TCA’s raise the level of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain .They slow the rate of absorption by the nerve cells . TCA’s have been prescribed since the 1950’s. Tricyclics are made up of a triple carbon ring The most popular brand names of TCA’s are Imipramine (Tofranil), Amutruptyline (Elaurl), and Nortriptyline (Pamelor) (Miligan 126). Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil are all commonly known anti-depressants, and all basically affect the patient the same way. Prozac is used by six million people in the United States and by eleven million worldwide. Prozac is an antidepressant that produces neuron chemicals that depressed people are missing. Many complaints have been issued about such drugs, as they often induce severe side affects. Side affects vary person to person. If they are taken at high
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