This is especially true if diagnosed and referred to or near 100 percent sure what they have.
For example, in most cases it is fairly easy to spot if you or another person has depression. Some common symptoms include fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, insomnia, lack of interest and desire, and irritability.
The investigation should include the causes, symptoms, treatment and types of drugs available. This is to have a better idea of what you’re dealing with and what you think you might need. Even knowing the side effects you know you can not deal with (like weight gain or insomnia) can help a psychiatrist has a better idea to prescribe medication if necessary.
Although it is best to check with a physician, there are many sites that have credible information of basic medicines and there resources that explain how antidepressants work.
A spokeswoman for the American Psychiatric Association said there really is no better medicine depression, as it depends on the person.
However, antidepressants are not popular, and some types (the SSRIs, MAO, tricyclic antidepressants and lithium) of antidepressant medications and individual drugs are associated with certain side effects (which could deter some patients and even make the medication less effective for some people.)
For example, lithium is considered harmful side effects than other antidepressants, according to a textbook on abnormal psychology. SSRIs, which include drugs such as fluoxetine (trade name Prozac), are usually the “first choice drug treatment for depression.”
The cost may be a problem for some antidepressants, but usually a generic version of the brand is available in a couple of years. Moreover, according to the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, some medicines are available for discounts for those in need.
According www.consumersunion.org three generic antidepressants in 2005 found that “save consumers $ 1,200 a year or more” compared to brands.