Serzone and Depression
Approximately 10% of the U.S. population suffers from depression - the result of a chemical imbalance within the brain. This chemical imbalance leads to problems with feelings, behaviors, thoughts, and body functions (like sleeping and eating). While it is not known what causes the chemical imbalance, experts believe that stress, illness, drug or alcohol abuse, major life changes, hormonal problems, or events in a person's life such as personal loss (accident or death), may lead to depression.
Symptoms of Depression
Symptoms of depression can range from mild (it takes a little more effort to get through the day) to severe (it is almost impossible to get through the day). The following is a list of many, but not all, of the signs of depression:
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Frequent crying
- Memory difficulty
- Loss of interest in surroundings
- Excessive negative thinking
It is important to remember that not everyone suffering from depression will experience all of these symptoms, but if you suffer from five or more, you may want to contact a physician.
While depression sufferers may feel hopeless and helpless, approximately 60-80% of them can be helped. The two main treatments for depression are: psychotherapy, which helps people understand past behaviors, thinking patterns, and personality traits; and medications such as Serzone, Prozac, and Paxil, which help to correct the chemical imbalance within the brain.
The National Institutes of Health have found that people with mild depression often find relief with psychotherapy alone, while people with moderate to severe depression benefit from medication. Both groups benefit more from a combination of both treatments.
If you believe you suffer from depression, contact a physician to get more information about depression treatment.
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