Living with depression is like fighting a duel-with an invisible enemy. Depression psychologically affects a person’s mind, it affects the way a person behaves, thinks, and feels. Depression affects over 35 millions of people worldwide. Depression does a lot of damage to people’s bodies, ultimately, contributing to a very low quality of life. For example, people who suffer from depression often have a very low self-esteem. Furthermore, depression increases the chance for getting a heart disease. Worst of all, those who have reached a certain stage of depression feel the need to commit suicide. Those who suffer from this disease have the ability to get help through treatments. These treatments have been proven to be very successful. Depressed people who have taken these treatments have had their symptoms successfully decrease, often helping them live a better, healthier lifestyle.
Scientific American wrote an exceptional article called “Unraveling the Mystery of How Anti-Depression Drugs Work”. This article describes the treatments that are being used to treat depression. These treatments include psychotherapy, support groups, and educational courses with counselors. Furthermore, these treatments also include psychiatric medical treatments. For example, some doctors use SSRI’s and the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. In the United States, the SSRIs are the most common anti-depression drugs that are prescribed to depressed patients. While there are plenty of types of treatments, there is still one main issue. How successful are these treatments? Do they help or do they only harm the people suffering from depression?
The antidepressant drugs are successful at curing people because of the innovative methods and advancements in technology. Based on the primary article “Depression: How effective are antidepressants?” antidepressants affect the nerve cells in a person’s brain through the use of various chemicals; these chemicals pass on impulses to the brain. Although scientists and doctors do not know every little detail about depression, they believe that depression is caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals, such as serotonin. These chemicals affect nerve connections by acting as inhibitors and blocking ligands from receptors. Antidepressants are made to reverse the effect of inhibitors, aiming to increase the availability of these chemicals. The article describes that patients usually take antidepressant pills daily. The goal in the first few weeks of these treatments are to relieve the symptoms, ultimately curing the depressed patient. It is very important to visit the doctor regularly and make appointments often. The article states that towards the end of the treatment, the dose is gradually reduced over the course of several weeks.
The benefits of these treatments are based on the severity of depression. The more severe the depression is for a patient, the greater the benefits are likely to be. Basically, the article describes and suggests that antidepressants are effective against chronic, moderate, and severe depression. According to the data which is provided by Ped Med, it shows that adults with moderate or severe depression who do not partake in any of these treatments rarely get cured. On the other hand, patients that take placebo are more likely to be cured faster. For example, out of 100 patients, twenty to forty people who take placebo notice an improvement in their symptoms within six to eight weeks. Furthermore, out of 100 patients, forty to sixty adult patients are like to show improvements within six to eight weeks. In this experiment, the control group is the group that did not receive any treatment. The experimental groups are the ones that took placebo and antidepressants. The independent variable is the type of treatment given. The dependent variable is the effect on the person through the amount the symptoms have decreased.
In another article by Pearson, Randolph L, “How effective are antidepressant medications in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and nonulcer dyspepsia?”, the study discusses how antidepressant medicines not only work for treating depression but, antidepressant medicines are also successful in treating other diseases or syndromes. The syndromes that this case studies is irritable bowel syndrome. Also, antidepressants help “improve abdominal pain scores and gastrointestinal symptoms”. (396, Pearson) The experiment this article provided was done by “collecting articles through MEDLINE and PsycLitand EMBASE” (396, Pearson). Out of 90 articles, only 12 articles were met with inclusion criteria. According to the outcome, there was a subjective decrease in gastrointestinal symptoms. According to the results that are shown in the article, the studies did show an improvement of the symptoms of these people. The observation they saw was that anti-depression medicines were helping these patients that were suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms and abdominal pains. This is to show that anti-depression is successful in treating depressions and other diseases.
While some people consider antidepressants to be a failure and unsafe to most people, they fail to notice that there are experiments that prove the treatments to be a success. Antidepressants might not seem successful and safe to most people, but they are safe and the treatments are successful most of the time. For example, in “Scientific American” and “Unraveling the Mystery of How Anti-Depression Drugs Work”, most doctors diagnose SSRI in the United States, making it the most common drug used in the United States. Also, this article describes how the treatments are successful for most depressed people. These experiments prove that there is a higher percentage for the depressed person to be cured when they take antidepressant pills. Compared to the antidepressant pills, there are very few cases in which those who have depression are cured without any medical help. The data stated above supports the hypothesis in which antidepressants are more successful than any other treatment, antidepressants have a greater chance of decreasing symptoms and curing depression. he medicine helps people overcome depression and live a better, healthier lifestyle. Antidepressants help increase one’s self esteem, making one feel confident about one’s self. Most of all, these medications can help save a person’s life, by stopping them from committing suicide. These medications combat depression. If the medicines are not taken at the right time, then Antidepressants would become unsuccessful.