Are you suffering with fear, sadness, sleeplessness, tiredness, weakness, loss of interest, decreased concentration, thoughts of dying, or low sex drive? It may be depression.
In many cases, you can start improving the first day with medication targeting anxiety and/or insomnia. However, antidepressant medications can take several weeks to start helping with mood.
Depression can be treated successfully in most cases; however, an estimated 50% of the population that has experienced a major depressive episode will have a recurrence. Early recognition and treatment and a short duration of depressive symptoms are associated with spontaneous recovery, a better response to treatment, and a higher chance of remission.
Drinking as little as two drinks per day may reduce or cancel an anti-depressant’s benefits. Stimulant abuse with cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, or diet pills use may cause depressive symptoms or mood swings. Using pain medications and abusing narcotics commonly cause some depression symptoms, and withdrawal from them causes even more depression.