Sunday, April 24, 2011

Antidepressants Are More Effective For Certain Symptoms of Depression Than Others

Researchers at UT Southwestern medical Center have found that antidepressants work better for some symptoms of depression than others. They found that while antidepressants usually help to reduce symptoms like suicidal thoughts and fatigue, they often don't help with overall sadness, insomnia, and concentration problems. This often leads to an incomplete recovery for depressed patients.

They also found that 33% of patients on SSRIs go into remission (lessening of symptoms) within the first 3 months. SSRIs are the most commonly presecribed antiderpessants. This means that most people on antidepressants continue to experience certain symptoms. They say the next step is to develop more targeted antidepressants to decrease depressive symptoms.

This explains why most people don't get adequate relief from antidepressants. This means that you're unlikely to find a wonder drug that will save you. Its up to you to do other things to help yourself. Personally, I think that the more coping strategies you have, the more likely you are to feel better and stay better. The most helpful things for me have been staying busy with the website, painting, playing music, spending time with family and friends, and medication. The combination of all of these has led to me generally feeling pretty good. I still have my bad days and bad moments, but most of the time these days i'm doing fine.

You can learn about other ways you cope here:

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Hope you're feeling well

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