SHOULD YOU USE MEDICATION TO TREAT DEPRESSION?
How do you know whether you should be taking medication to
The answer to that
question is different for different people. Each
medication is a two-edged sword because of potential side
effects. Some medications are associated with a higher
than normal incidence of suicide. Sometimes there is a
serious rebound of depression when you stop using medication.
Taking antidepressants to reestablish
command and control isn't like taking an aspirin for a headache.
Antidepressants have real complications associated with their
use, especially when used in the combination with other
medications. People taking antidepressants should be
treated by a professional who evaluates their response to
therapy at regular intervals, and who also checks for adverse
reactions to the medication.
If you have a significant degree of mental
slippage, you need some type of therapy that will allow you to
reestablish command and control. If you have a mild mood
disorder, cognitive therapy alone may do the job with the least
risk of complications.
But when the mood disorder is severe with
a high degree of mental slippage, it will be more difficult to
reestablish command and control with only cognitive therapy, and
it may be necessary to use medication. After medication
has had a positive effect, you may benefit from cognitive
therapy to complete the job.
All types of mood disorders (mild to
severe) may benefit from medication, but in severe mood
disturbances, the loss of control is so advanced that medication
is no longer optional. It's mandatory. You must use
medication to regain enough control over your thoughts so that
other forms of therapy have a chance to work.
In order to win the battle against
depression, it's absolutely essential that you reestablish
control over your thoughts. If you are depressed, you may
believe it's impossible to control your thoughts. Outside
forces have controlled your mind for such a long time, it seems
like a radical idea that you can actually control what you think
about. You have been living in mental default mode for so
long with other people setting and controlling your mental
agenda, you now believe reestablishing control is impossible.
If that's the way you feel, you are wrong. The combination
of cognitive therapy in combination with medication pushes the
odds for recovery in your favor. If you are motivated and
assume a positive attitude toward treatment, you will
reestablish command and control, and will win the war against
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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