Prevention of Relapse Among Depressed Patients

The men and women who are suffering from depression are increasing in number, with about one in every 10 adult Americans reporting to be depressed, according to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the common problems that many men and women face with this kind of illness is the possibility of relapsing. Different studies that looked into the problem of relapse have tried various kinds of treatment to prevent the progression of the illness. Some might feel at ease after taking dietary supplements to manage symptoms of depression.

zoloft lawsuit attorneyDepression is often recurring problem. Many people would stick to taking their medications for a long time. However, long-term use of antidepressants may prove to have a negative effect on the body. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are considered to be safer versions of past formulations because they have lesser adverse effects.

But, are they really much safer? The risk for developing tolerance with these medications was seen to be high and that many would be dependent on them. About 60 percent of Americans had taken antidepressants for two years or more than that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, there are surprisingly 14 percent of them who have 10 years or more. The rapid growth of the use of antidepressants calls out for public concern. Several medical observers say that this might be due to the belief that these medications are fast and efficient cures for their depression.

However, this is only a misunderstanding that most people have, psychiatrists say. Relapse is better prevented by taking medications and going to therapy rather than taking just either of them. That is why it is highly recommended to go through a combination of treatment to prevent the problem from repeating. One should not be all too confident in taking these drugs because there are still some risks involved. Knowing these risks may help men and women manage their medications properly and may take some steps in preventing them, if possible. There may have been some issues of Zoloft receiving a lawsuit due to the birth defects that some babies had developed.

URL References:

  • biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/12/3
  • psych.stanford.edu/~pgoldin/Buddhism/MBCTrelapsedepressionTeasdale2000JCCP.pdf
  • ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10965637
  • cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db76.htm
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