If you just have a down mood, i don't think that i would recommend medications for that. In that situation it would be good to find out what is making you feel low and dealing with it. Getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep
per night, a healthy balanced diet
, at least 64 ounces of clean water per day and regular aerobic activity would be very beneficial. Having friends or family members to share with is also important.
If you have unpleasant moods (i.e., sad, angry, anxious, irritable, scared) much of the time and it is impacting your functioning that is more serious. If you are experiencing problems with sleep, appetite
, energy level
, motivation, isolation
from others, self esteem
, decision making, unrealistic feelings of guilt
, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
and concentration; that has more of a global impact. If you have suicidal thoughts and you are concerned you might act on them, you need immediate medical attention.
Whether you have a depressed mood or clinical depression, there are great forms of therapy that are not medication. There is supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy
, just to mention a few. Group therapy is also a great idea. I suggest you see a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation, and then he or she can suggest treatment options to you. Together, you can develop a plan for working with your depression. Take care.