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New Medication for Depression Being Tested

Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It can be a serious mental health condition that requires understanding and medical care. If ignored or left untreated, depression can be devastating for those who have it and their families. Fortunately, with early detection, diagnosis and a treatment plan consisting of medication, psychotherapy and healthy lifestyle choices, many people can and do get better.

Currently, depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among individuals between the ages of 15 and 44.  Moreover, it is known that approximately 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents exhibit clinical depression. People of all ages and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience depression, but it does affect some groups more than others.

Depression is not caused by a single contributing factor. It can be a multitude of reasons that can happen spontaneously. As we all journey through life, some causes are sudden trauma, genetics, life circumstances, or medical conditions. Treatments are most effective with Psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medications.

So many types of medications are used to treat Depression. With much technological advancement, many various types of medications are being tested. One such medication is Brintellix. This serotonin inhibitor comes in different dosages, and the prices are still under approval. Hence, the drug is still not available in generic form and is relatively a newbie in the market. The drug looks promising and effective and is looking to produce some good results. Some of the possible side-effects include a headache, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.

With any medication, it is always best practice to talk with your physician prior to taking any medication.

by Ru-Han Yeh,  Director-Medical/Mental Health