When Should You Seek Medication for Depression?

Depressed man lying in his bed and feeling bad

In a single year, over 16 million adults say they’ve struggled with depression.

Whether you’ve experienced a single depressive episode, or if you’re simply feeling numb to the world around you, you likely have questions about how to seek help.

You’ve probably also wondered if medication is the right answer.

This post will discuss when it may be time to seek medication for your depression and help you to recognize the warning signs of a serious mental health issue.

  1. You’re Suffering From Serious Mood Swings

If you find yourself flying high one minute and sobbing in a corner the next, you could be dealing with depressive episodes or mania caused by bipolar disorder.

It can be frightening to feel as though you’re not in control of your emotions. The right medication can help to regulate your moods, so you can feel like yourself again.

  1. You Feel Hopeless

When you have depression, the future doesn’t always feel bright.

You may feel as though it’s “too late” for you to happy or to do the things you want. While these feelings are certainly normal from time to time, if you find yourself constantly wondering why you should even bother to get out of bed, it’s time to seek professional help.

  1. You Can’t Move Past A Recent Trauma

Sometimes, grief or anxiety caused by recent traumatic events in your life can feel impossible to shake on your own.

If you find yourself avoiding other people, staying in your room, or terrified in certain situations, you may need medication to help. Speak with a therapist or counselor to help you overcome your fears and sadness.

Make your life your own again.

  1. You Have Recurring Bad Thoughts Or Fears You Know Are Irrational

Do you sometimes feel like your mind comes up with images and situations that are so horrible, you’re scaring yourself? Do you also know that there’s no way you’d ever act on these thoughts, but you still can’t seem to get rid of them?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety and cognitive disorder that can cause socially isolating depression and the performance of compulsive rituals.

The right medication can help get you back on track.

  1. You’re Having Thoughts Of Suicide

Suicidal thoughts are a huge indicator that you’re suffering from a serious mental health issue.

Don’t put off getting help, which may be a combination of both counseling and medication.

In the meantime, please call a suicide hotline prevention or chat online with a suicide prevention counselor.

Don’t let one bad day, or a rough time in your life, make you do something that would destroy the lives of those around you.

Finding Help In Your Area

Canada has the third-highest rate of people on antidepressants. Talk to your psychiatrist and other doctors about getting on medication for your depression – you’re not alone.

To make sure you fully understand how and when to take the medication, as well as possible side effects, talk to medical professionals and pharmacists in a Canada Pharmacy near you.

Help is out there. Don’t let depression steal one more minute of your life.