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You do not necessarily need to take anti depressants. Medication can be a good option, but only if you feel you are so depressed that it is interfering with your ability to function in daily life. Otherwise, therapy and self help has been shown to be the most effective in helping depression.
Medication can come with some bothersome and serious side effects. The benefits of taking the medication needs to offset the side effects. Some of the side effects of anti depressants are headaches, weight gain, insomnia, dry mouth and constipation. Just because a side effect is listed does not mean you will have it. Every medication reacts differently with each person. That is because each person has different body chemistry. So one medication may be very helpful to one person but not help another at all. Therefore, it is common to try at least a few different medications before finding one that works for you.
Here is a link to help you understand anti depressants better and which one might work for you:
Regardless if you decide to take medication or not, therapy can help you overcome depression and find ways to cope. To find a therapist, ask your doctor for a referral. Or you can search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/.
You can also help yourself through learning more about depression and joining support groups on line or going in person. Here are more resources that may help:
I hope this has helped you,Kate
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