Sunday, December 26, 2010
Are the antidepressant pills are happy pills?
They are not happy pills, they do not create an artificial sense of happiness or well-being unrealistic. No medication can do that, except alcohol and some illegal drugs and their effects do not last. Neither antidepressants insulate you from life, you do not care about important things, or insensitive to pain or loss. Tranquilizers can do this for a while, but antidepressants can not. In addition, antidepressants are not addictive, nor their effect diminishes so you need to increase your dosage later.
All antidepressant medications work by influencing the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that cross the space between a brain cell (neuron) and next to allow communication between them. Common neurotransmitters are serotonin, norepinepherine, and dopamine. During an episode of depression, brain levels of these neurotransmitters are lower than usual. Antidepressant medications work by slowing degradation of neurotransmitters and increase the sensitivity of receptors on the receiving neurons.