Vol. 1, Issue 4 (2012)
Pharmacological Treatment of Depression, Based On Survey in Different Hospitals and Clinics
Bharat parashar, Virendra yadav, Brajesh maurya, Love sharma
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life but when emptiness and despair take hold and won’t go away, it may be depression - “living in a black hole” or having feeling of impending doom. Symptoms - you can’t sleep or you sleep too much, you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult, you feel hopeless and helpless, you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try, you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating. Non-pharmacological treatment should involve exercise, psychotherapy, supplements and your pleasures, etc. Exercise has been found to be most effective treatment for depression and the minimum recommendation is three times per week for 20 minutes. Weekly psychotherapy and a check on your pleasures like coffee, alcohol, sugar and recreational drugs, and supplements like taking fish oil for omega-3, fatty acid daily, St. John’s Wort, and vitamins-B12, etc. Direct exposure to sunlight every day is very helpful, if not possible, a light box can bring a lot of relief. Regular human contact who enjoy the same things you do, challenge your thinking, good nutrition, yoga and meditation only for mild to moderate depression. Data collected from doctors shows that 60% of doctors have opinion that 35-60 years is common age group of depression, 50% doctors said that duration of therapy depends upon patient to patient, the root cause of depression is family reasons which is admitted by 70% of doctors. The most prescribed drugs for the treatment of depression are - Imipramine 40%, Fluoxetine 30%, most prescribed drugs in pregnancy are - Fluoxetine 60%, Sertraline 20%, most prescribed drugs in lactation - Fluoxetine 70%, Amitryptiline 20% and 90% of doctors suggested that only counseling is sufficient to treat depression in children.
How to cite this article:
Bharat parashar, Virendra yadav, Brajesh maurya, Love sharma. Pharmacological Treatment of Depression, Based On Survey in Different Hospitals and Clinics. Pharma Innovation 2012;1(4):21-30.