Depression Medical Information
Depression is a common, yet serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. There are different categories of depression: persistent depressive disorder, a depressed mood which can last up to two years. post-partum depression, psychotic depression, a combination of psychosis and depression, and seasonal affect disorder (depression which occurs during specific times of year such as winter).
Signs and Symptoms
- Feeling of helplessness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Appetite or weight change
- Sleep Change
- Anger or Irritability
- Loss of Energy
- Reckless Behavior
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Unexplained aches and pains
Treatment Options Include
- Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) — Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft(sertraline), and Celexa (citalopram).
- Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) — Effexor (venlafaxine), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Pristiq (deslavenfaxine).
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs) — Wellbutrin (bupropion)