How to manage and cope up with depression
Managing depression through medications:
Medically, depression is treated with the use of:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Celexa, Lexa-Pro, Prozac, Luvox, Paxil and Zoloft.
- Serotonin-2 antagonist/reuptake inhibitors (SARIs) like Serzone and Desyrel.
- Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) like Effexor.
- Atypicals like Wellbutrin and Remeron.
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) like Marplan, Nardil and Parnate.
- Tricyclic antidepressants, like Elavil, Asendin, Anafranil, Norpramin, Sinequan, Tofranil, Pamelor, Aventyl, Ludiomil, Vivactil and Surmontil.
- Mood stabilizers like Tegretol, Lamictal, Eskalith, Lithobid and Depakote.
Managing depression without medications:
Depression is caused by some negative emotions. It could thereby be managed by managing the negative emotions like grief, anger and fear.
Some easy tips to fight depression are:
- Avoid food items that give a momentary purge of energy. Such food items contain lots of sugar and caffeine. These bring about anxiety, tension and internal problems.
- Avoid alcohol as it works as a depressant.
- Exercise regularly as it initiates the production of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are better known as "the happy chemicals" as they possess stress-reducing and happiness-inducing properties.
Sunlight inhibits the secretion of melatonin hormone. This hormone makes a person dispirited and lethargic resulting in depression.
Get involved in social activities:
Friends and worthwhile social activities give a satisfying feeling. This feeling helps in fighting depression.
No matter how difficult or discouraging life can be, one should deal it with a positive attitude. One should believe in himself and his ability to do anything that his heart desires.
Talking to a councilor/therapist helps in relieving the pain that causes the depression. Councilors and therapists are often able to provide some positive and helpful remedies that help a patient in coping up with the causes of his depression.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: April 13, 2012