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When I was Diagnosed with Depression

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Antidepressants he explained is a name given to a particular category of medicines under which come vastly diverse subcategories of treatment options. SSRIs or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors -which I had been prescribed- don’t slow down the brain activity or result in any such side-effects. SSRIs, as their name suggests, hinder the reuptake of Serotonin in nerve synapses resulting in a higher amount of Serotonin in your body. This is only done because the disease that you have lowers the amount of Serotonin, which in turn leads to depression. Serotonin is the feel-good hormone of the body, an absence of which makes us grumpy, lethargic, and unwilling to perform any activity. Naturally, an increased amount of it makes our mood generally positive and joyous. SSRIs, instead of making you slow, make you happier and ready to take on the world, the extra nudge that I mentioned.

Of course, as any medical professional and/or a logical person will tell you, the medicine alone can’t help. You have to change your lifestyle for the effect of the medication to become long term. You can’t practically take antidepressants all your life, right? SSRIs give you a temporary opportunity to bring back the balance in your favor. When you stop taking the meds, the balance will tend to shift back in the opposite direction, something we call withdrawal symptoms.

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So, to make sure you stay healthy, happy, and healed in the long term, you need to make sure the medication is slowly replaced by a lifestyle change that results in the same Serotonin boost as the meds. This lifestyle change can be anything depending on who you are and what makes you tick. Having a good and healthy hobby like music, yoga, or sports helps. For me, it was my family’s love and their constant support, Sufi music, and, of course, writing. Most importantly, you should invest your time in an activity which makes you happy, something which dulls the pain caused by the mundane tasks of life. To not get lost in the metallic fog of this over-competitive world, it is essential to take some time out for yourself and the people you love. That is what ultimately keeps you healthy throughout life; physically as well as mentally.

Believing you have a problem is the first step towards being healthy. When I realised, I had a problem, and most importantly there’s a solution; then only I could take a step forward towards healing myself. If I can do it, you can do it too. If you have been recently diagnosed with Depression, are battling with this disease, or just need to talk to someone drop me an email at abhishekp2017@email.iimcal.ac.in. We’ll have a candid and perfectly confidential discussion.

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