How do you know if you have depression?
The psychological signs and symptoms of depression include, but are not limited to continuous low mood or sadness, feeling hopeless and helpless. Experiencing a low self-esteem, feeling tearful, guilt-ridden, irritable and intolerant of others. Void of any enthusiasm or interest in things, finding it challenging to make decisions.
If you have been clinically determined to have depression, your physician will explain to you that there’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, The anti-depressants recommended are intended to re-balance the chemicals but they do have unwanted side effects, in some cases they can be severe.
The most extreme side-effect can be when you choose to stop taking them. You have a couple of problems, the first is the medication has an effect on your entire body, so you will experience undesirable side effects such as feeling sick, but the most significant impact will be the chemical alteration in your brain. You should under no circumstances stop taking them instantly, but reduce the dosage over a period of time with the hope the imbalance corrects itself. Should the conditions that triggered the chemical imbalance remain, then the imbalance continues you may have keep taking them.