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
  • Self-Loathing
  • 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)