Why Do People Take Depression Medication?

Question by tfun: Why do people take depression medication?
I’m currently struggling with depression and I don’t know what to do.. I’ve never felt like this before in my life so it’s very scary to finally acknowledge that I’m not just sad, but I’m depressed. I know there are a lot of anti depression medications out there and I was thinking about making an appointment with my doctor but then I thought, why? If I change my situation, will I still be depressed? Isn’t that what anyone would need to do? If so why take the pills? Granted I have no motivation or knowledge of how to make my life better, but it’s the general thought.. My original question isn’t a judgment but a literal question. WHY take them? Will it really help me right now? Or should I just stick it out until life changes… BTW before anyone suggests it, I really am alone. I have no one to talk to so “talking” isn’t an option. Hearing people say that just gets me more down because I don’t have anyone like others do.

Best answer:

Answer by amy lynn
There are three basic types of depression. One type of depression is caused by the feeling of hopelessness in your personal life. Maybe you don’t have much money or you have been unlucky in finding love. That kind of depression is usually short term and will change on its own if your life changes. There are medications that can help ease that depressed feeling while your life is working itself out.

The next type of depression is caused by the death or loss of someone very close to you. That is a hard thing to take on your own at times and some people will go on anti depressants for a while to help them cope with the death of their loved one.

The most serious type of depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body. This kind of depression will not go away even if your life improves. This kind of depression usually requires a long term medication plan.

It would be best to see a doctor and talk about the reasons you feel depressed with the doctor to see if the doctor things you should try medication.

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