Depression is a serious mood disorder which is also known as Major Depression Disorder or Clinical Depression. The condition is often accompanied by severe symptoms that can affect day to day tasks as well your ability to think normally. At EZCare, we take care of our patients in every step of the way till their full recovery. We offer a range of medications for patients who show signs of depression.

Signs and Symptoms –
What Does Depression Feel Like?

Following signs and symptoms are associated with Depression:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Decrease in energy
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Persistent sadness
  • Unexpected body aches and pains.
  • Uncontrolled behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts

Types of Depression

There are several types of depression:

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder: This type of depression is a mixture of mild and severe depression spells. However, for depression to be termed as “persistent” it should be present in the patient for at least two years.
  • Psychotic Depression: This type of depression is accompanied by delusions and hallucinations. The symptoms are connected to a feeling of guilt, illness or poverty.
  • Postpartum depression: This type of depression is usually experienced during pregnancy or after delivery. It is usually accompanied by extreme exhaustion, anxiety and sadness which results in difficulties for new mothers to be attentive towards the newborn.
  • Bipolar Disorder: While this condition is different from depression, a person suffering from the former usually experiences extreme high and low moods that are similar to major depression.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: This type of depression usually occurs during the winter when sunlight is more or less absent. It is accompanied by feelings of emotional withdrawal, weight gain and sleeping more often.

Medications for Depression

Antidepressants are prescribed for the treatment of depression as they can help improve the way our brain makes use of certain chemicals related to mood or stress. Our doctors do not prescribe one medicine for all but perform diagnostic tests which ensure that you are getting the right medication specific to your condition.

An antidepressant usually takes at least 2 to 4 weeks to work. Patients can feel improvement in appetite, sleep and mood. We strongly advise our patients to not discontinue taking the prescribed medication without consulting our doctors first. The same applies to starting medication. The process of starting and ending a course needs to be done in a controlled manner so that you do not experience withdrawal symptoms.

Some of the common antidepressants are:

  • Escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)

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  • What is depression?
  • What are the symptoms of depression?
  • What are the 7 types of depression?
  • Who is at greatest risk for depression?
  • How to help someone with depression?
  • What are 3 risk factors for depression?
  • What are 4 major causes of depression?
  • What are the best drugs to treat depression?
  • What does it mean to be clinically depressed?
  • Is it possible to diagnose yourself with depression?
  • What are general methods used to treat depression?
  • How to help someone with depression?
What is depression?

Depression is a serious mental health illness in medicine and has a very negative affect on an individual’s life. It is marked with deep feelings of sorrow, cognition abnormalities and may even lead to suicidal behaviours.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression is an open-ended term used to describe how a person feels. But there are some specific symptoms of depression to look out for. These include;

  • Sorrow 
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Suicidal thoughts
What are the 7 types of depression?

Depression is an umbrella term and it further divided into seven different types which are;

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) 
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) 
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD) 
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) 
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) 
  • Atypical Depression
Who is at greatest risk for depression?

On the basis of recorded trends and a thick literature, the greatest risk of depression is for;

  • Women twice as men
  • People between the ages of 45 and 65
  • Black and Hispanic Americans
  • People with less education and less economic stability
  • People who are divorced
  • individuals with a positive family history of depression 
How to help someone with depression?

Depression is a chronic but treatable condition. The simple ways to help someone struggling with depression are;

  1. Be empathetic towards the concerned individual
  2. Recognize their sign and symptoms
  3. Build confidence and have a conversation about their struggles and issues
  4. Be a compassionate listener
  5. Seek professional help by a mental health expert
  6. Help motivate the individual to shift to a healthy lifestyle 
What are 3 risk factors for depression?

The three most common risk factors for depression are;

  1. Substance abuse and addiction
  2. Birth complications and early age events 
  3. A positive family history
What are 4 major causes of depression?

The four major causes of depression are as following;

  1. Abuse of any kind; physical, sexual, mental etc
  2. Old age
  3. Chronic illnesses 
  4. Certain medication e.g. Anticonvulsants
What are the best drugs to treat depression?

The following drug classes are known to be the best medication for the treatment of depression. These include;

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants 
  • 5-HT Receptor Antagonists (I,II,III)
  • MAO Inhibitors 
  • Noradrenergic Antagonist 
What does it mean to be clinically depressed?

The term ‘clinically depressed’ refers to a clinical diagnosis of a depressive disorder made by a health expert, which is based on the DSM-5 criteria. The term clinical depression is used to represent depression which needs medical attention and is different from the temporary phase of worry. 

Is it possible to diagnose yourself with depression?

A self-test based on the hallmark sign and symptoms can help you decide whether or not you require a professional treatment. However an official diagnosis can only be made by a mental health expert. 

What are general methods used to treat depression?

The first line of treatment of clinical depression is medication, however combined with psychotherapy (especially cognitive behavioural therapy), counselling, yoga, exercise and meditation can amplify the recovery rate and effect.

How to help someone with depression?

Depression is a chronic but treatable condition. The simple ways to help someone struggling with depression are;

  1. Be empathetic towards the concerned individual
  2. Recognize their sign and symptoms
  3. Build confidence and have a conversation about their struggles and issues
  4. Be a compassionate listener
  5. Seek professional help by a mental health expert
  6. Help motivate the individual to shift to a healthy lifestyle 

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