Antidepressant medication can be prescribed for various mental health conditions. These include moderate to severe depression, anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder. They may also be prescribed for eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. Conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia normally need a combination of medication and therapy.

There are various symptoms of depression, which can be physical as well as mental.

Mental symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Feeling sad or anxious.
  • Having no confidence.
  • Feeling more irritable than usual.
  • Thoughts of self-harm or committing suicide.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Lack of energy.
  • Unexplainable aches and pains.
  • Alterations is sleep pattern.
  • Changes in appetite.

Getting help

If you think that you may be suffering from depression, you should seek medical advice.

There are various websites where you can check the signs of the condition, which may help you to establish whether you need to get treatment. Some websites have symptom checking tools, where you answer a series of questions. These aren't designed to replace professional medical advice, but they may give you an idea of whether or not you need to seek advice.

Once you have consulted a medical professional, they should be able to prescribe treatment.

In addition to the prescribed treatment, you may also wish to consider some natural remedies. There are websites that provide information on natural remedies that may be beneficial, but you should not stop taking your medication unless advised to do so by a doctor. You should also consult a doctor before taking any natural remedies as they may interfere with your prescribed medication or have unpleasant side effects.

For further support, there are online forums where you can discuss the condition with others. It may be helpful to find out how other people have coped with overcoming the condition. You may find it beneficial to be able to communicate with others who are in a similar situation, so that you don't feel alone.

It is estimated that 120 million people suffer from the condition worldwide, with approximately 10 percent of the United States population diagnosed each year.

In summary:
  • Signs can be physical as well as mental
  • Medication and therapy may be prescribed
  • The condition is common