Living With Depression/Medication
- A Note on Anti-depressants
Prescribing anti-depressant medication is one of the main ways that doctors treat depression. The use of anti-depressants can be controversial. As with all issues related to your health, it’s important to educate yourself. Read as much as you can and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor any questions. If you are taking anti-depressants, it’s important to be aware of the side effects they may have on you. When you are prescribed a new medication, always take the opportunity to talk to your doctor. Ask them any questions about any possible side effects or how long it should take before you will feel different. Read the information provided with the drug. Report any unexpected or distressing side effects to your doctor.
If you decide you want to stop taking anti-depressants, talk to your doctor first. Your decisions may be affected by your mood. Also, some anti-depressants can have severe side effects if you stop them abruptly.