Antidepressants are drugs used in the treatment of many psychiatric diseases. The increase in usage rates today (according to the latest data, 1 out of 10 people use antidepressants) has brought about discussions and concerns. Antidepressants can do more harm than good when used without neighbor's advice or necessity. They are not drugs to be used when bored once in a while. It should be started when the necessity of use is deemed appropriate by the physician as a result of the psychiatric evaluation. Adequate time and dose usage should be regulated and followed up by the physician in relation to the patient's response to the treatment.
Misconceptions about antidepressants are an important factor in treatment failure and irregular use of drugs.
There are misconceptions that antidepressants are addictive, they are happiness pills, they do not cure, change our personality, and once started, they cannot be stopped for life.
Antidepressant drugs are not addictive. When you do not take them, you do not desire to take them, when you take them you do not enjoy them. However, they are drugs that should be taken regularly every day. Thus, the impaired chemical imbalance in the brain is corrected.
Antidepressants are not happiness pills, they are drugs used in the treatment of psychiatric diseases. Antidepressants are not drugs. They do not act immediately when taken. It takes 4-6 weeks for the effectiveness of the treatment. Anti-depressants treat the disorder, but due to the fact that the genetic structure of the person, stress factors and adverse living conditions do not change, the disease does not change at the end of the treatment. It is wrong to avoid treatment because the disease will recur. (For example, when you have a tonsil infection, you use antibiotics. After a while, when the resistance decreases, the infection may recur when you encounter the same microbe. You do not avoid treatment because it will recur).
The duration of treatment with antidepressants is between 1-2 years, depending on the disease. The earlier the treatment is stopped, the higher the probability of recurrence of the disease. Sufficient duration and dose of medication reduces the possibility of recurrence of the disease. In recurrent cases, medication may be used for a longer period of time. A doctor's control is required at certain intervals in terms of the effectiveness of the treatment. Antidepressant drugs are not drugs that we start and end on our own. Follow-up is necessary.