Have you lost interest in your work, family, or hobbies?Are you having trouble sleeping and feeling angry or aggressive, sad, or worthless?It's important to know that although antidepressants can be safe and effective for many people, they may present serious risks to some, especially children, teens, and young adults. It just feels like enough."—Steve Lappen, Writer service has information on a wide variety of health topics, including conditions that affect mental health.A "black box"—the most serious type of warning that a prescription drug can have—has been added to the labels of antidepressant medications. National Institute of Mental Health Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications Science Writing, Press and Dissemination Branch 6001 Executive Boulevard Room 6200, MSC 9663 Bethesda, MD 20892-9663 Phone: 301-443-4513 or 1-866-615-NIMH (6464) toll-free TTY: 301-443-8431 or 1-866-415-8051 toll-free FAX: 301-443-4279 E-mail: [email protected]: publications are in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission.
Talk to your doctor about any side effects you may have.
Brain chemistry and hormones—the brains of people with depression look different on scans than those of people without the illness.
Also, the hormones that control emotions and mood can affect brain chemistry.
"I lost interest with the kids and doing things that we used to do. Try to do things that you used to enjoy before you had depression. Other things that may help include: If you are unsure where to go for help, ask your family doctor. If you or someone you know is in crisis, get help quickly.
You can also check the phone book for mental health professionals or check with your insurance carrier to find someone who participates in your plan. "It starts slowly and the only person you're talking to is yourself.
These labels warn people that antidepressants may cause some people to have suicidal thoughts or make suicide attempts, especially those who become agitated when they first start taking the medication and before it begins to work. NIMH encourages you to reproduce them and use them in your efforts to improve public health.