“A Helpful Antidepressant Comparison.”
“How can this antidepressant comparison benefit you?”
You may be already on an antidepressant and are not experiencing positive results and lifting of your depression. Studying the antidepressant comparison will educate you before you go talk to your doctor.
Investigate antidepressant medication with an open mind. You may need a different antidepressant if the current one isn’t helping. There is hope! If what you're doing isn't working, keep looking. You are worth it!
“Remember: I don’t know your situation and I am not a doctor.”
1. It's a good idea to consult one or more doctors and pharmacists before taking, or changing how you take any antidepressant. Your depression experience may differ from mine. I am not a doctor, therapist, or a pharmacist. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat depression. Some doctors tend to get upset by patients who know too much about medications, so walk gently. Don’t diagnose yourself.
2. If you read of a drug in the antidepressant comparison info that seems particularly appropriate for your depression situation, talk it over with your doctor.
3. If your depression hasn’t lifted within 12 months, get a second opinion from another doctor, or better yet a specialist. It may be worth driving or flying out to see a specialist, if you come home with new choices to try that your first doctor hadn’t thought of. (I know this can be daunting especially when you're not in a healthy state of mind. Get a friend or family member to come with you or phone you along the way to check in on you.)
4. If you don’t have confidence in your doctor, remember that you do have the option to find another.
5. Be patient. (Yes, you ARE a patient but it’s easy to lose patience with your depression). It often takes 2-4 weeks for antidepressants to start having an effect, and 6-12 weeks for antidepressants to have their full effect. (Source: nami.org) If you choose to go the antidepressant route, here’s an excellent link on how to save money on your depression medication.
6. If you are interested in quicker ways to get an anti-depression effect, don’t forget to ask your doctor about the 6 steps in our research report. (In the research, we cite the studies in medical journals which report quicker results than from antidepressants. Our research came about after I (Merri Ellen) personally experienced unwanted side effects from antidepressants.)
7. Talking to someone about your depression is absolutely essential. This was probably the most important as I tested out supplements, drugs, exercises etc. Having someone to provide you with a level head to bounce off feelings and thoughts while your head isn’t level– is essential.
Remember: There is hope! You are worth it!