and Anxiety Medication works by altering how the brain's chemical
messengers (neurotransmitters) function
going into any detail about the different types of depression and
anxiety medication, it's useful to point out that the decision to take
any form of prescription medication lies with YOU and your doctor.
you are reading this information and are taking a prescription drug
and have NOT also been
a) thoroughly made aware of the possible withdrawal symptoms of the
drug, or the addictive consequences
also been referred to a therapist,
c) offered a natural alternative,
then I would like to venture that you GET A SECOND OPINION.
All these medications have side effects and may
A good question to
ask may be : What
happens when I stop the medication?
Having said this, depending on the form of depression or
you are experiencing, medication may form a part of your treatment.
If you are going to be on any form of depression and anxiety
medication, decide in advance to be on it for the SHORT TERM and whilst
take an ACTIVE role in your own recovery.
doctors advice before you stop your medication or change your dosage.
There may be serious
consequences if you do not follow medical advice with regards to this
(that's how dangerous some of these medications can be).
Learn about your condition - but don't get too fixated on "labelling"
Remember that NO-ONE can be be ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN about what
goes on in our heads and why.
Our individual mental history, and our layering of experiences and
beliefs results in the INFINITE COMPLEXITY and ABSOLUTE UNIQUENESS of
our mental experience.
Whilst considering depression and anxiety medications, please also take
time to learn what TRIGGERS your
Take responsibility or your own
thoughts - investigate "Anchoring"
in order to "scramble" the triggers.
Learn about change
and living in the now (as opposed to some
horrible, sad or fearful moment in your
IMAGINATION OF THE FUTURE).
Learn how to FIX faulty,
fearful , victim oriented thinking patterns.
Understand how a lack of certain
vitamins and minerals, whether due to toxicity, environmental factors,
or even genetics, will alter the normal biochemical pathways in your
body, and cause anxiety, depression, panic attacks and other disease
Once you have read Mood/brain
you will understand the logic behind supplementing
(cheaply and safely) with vitamins and minerals, as opposed to only
considering using depression and anxiety medication(expensive and
*The decision to
start using depression and anxiety medication needs to be carefully
considered - with full knowledge of the life threatening and addictive
consequences of some of the medications - very few of which are ever
clearly spelled out to the hapless consumer.
said....on to the information you were curious about:
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors:
MAOIs are depression and anxiety medications that depress the
production of Monoamine Oxidase(MAO).
MAO is an
ENZYME which increases the availability of neurotransmitters such as
Dopamine and Noradrenaline.
In other words an MAOI
will SUPPRESS the release of Dopamine or Noradrenaline.
are highly effective in treating depression that does not respond to
types of medication.
People taking MAOIs must stay
away from certain foods
(eg no cheese, yeast extracts,soy products, and limited alcohol)
in order to avoid serious side effects.
Here's a list of MAOIs
used for depression and anxiety.
Up until the 1990's TCAs were the first choice for medicinal treatment
Because there is no need for dietary restrictions, as depression and
TCAs are easier to use than MAOIs - but the TCAs tend to produce side
They have now largely been
replaced by the SSRIs
and other newer drugs.
TCA's are still used to
treat resistant or refractory
not reponded to SSRI treatment.
They are also used
in the treatment of pain and ADHD.
Examples of TCAs are found here
SSRI's - Selective
Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors:
These are the antidepressants most often prescribed.
make Serotonin more available in the brain by preventing
it from being reabsorbed in the pre-synaptic cell.
have fewer side effects than TCAs and MAOIs, and are tolerated a lot
better by many people.
Here are some common SSRIs.
Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors:
A newer type of antidepressant drug.
the reuptake of norepinephrine AND serotonin by the pre-synaptic cells
in the brain.
Useful also for treating pain.
Find SNRIs here.
- the tranquilizers:
Benzodiazepines increase the efficiency of the neurotransmitter GABA.
function of GABA is to slow or calm things down and so Benzodiazepines
are most often prescribed for anxiety or sleeping problems.
Also see GABA in the Biochemistry of Happiness.
Here's a list of Benzodiazepines.
...and just to emphasize the point about side effects....
like to encourage you to explore the links and
investigate and CONSIDER the side-effects and withdrawal symptoms of
depression and anxiety medication before you hand over your physical
and mental health to pharmaceuticals.
Have a look at
the video about pharmaceutical
There are links to side effects
on the drug listing
Consider also, your other options.