What is Depression

Recognizing Common Symptoms of Depression

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has life got ya down?

Many people had been plagued by this incessant feeling of deep sadness for thousands of years, causing many known historical events we only get to read today. Many bandy it about like the most common reason for feeling not as enthusiastic as other people. But, really, what is depression?

Depression is a state of feeling low wherein many negative thoughts and behavior stems from. People suffering from depression view everything around them as un-pleasurable. The hopeless, worthlessness and helpless feeling will eventually lead to physical distress and other destructive emotions and behavior such as anxiety and suicide. Other physical effects manifest through insomnia, loss of energy, body aches, excessive sleeping or digestive problems. A person’s behavior and feelings of depression cannot be cured instantly just by any type of medication.

People experiencing depression are recommended to seek psychiatric medical help to alleviate any downward spiral into a more severe case of clinical depression or major depressive disorders or even manic depression. In medical science, depression can be neutralized by taking antidepressants and SSRIs (Serotonin-Specific Re-Uptake Inhibitors or Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors) like Paroxetine Paxil. GlaxoSmithKline or GSK, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world, is Paxil’s manufacturer along with other antidepressants like Seroxat, Sereupin and Aropax. It is the first drug approved by the US to treat those having panic attacks.

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Tired of life?

Does Paxil work? Like other antidepressants in the market, Paxil is prescribed to those suffering from major depression, generalized anxiety disorder or GAD, obsessive-compulsive disorder of OCD, social phobias or social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD. Clinical test show that depending on the amount taken – Paxil dosages comes in 10mg, 20mg and 40mg and Paxil CR (controlled release) – has turned out positive results in helping people with panic disorders since it went available in the market.

Like any medication that affects the brain and its neuro-transmitters, Paxil abuse is imminent to those without any guidance on its proper dosage and probable side effects on long term use or discontinuance. Sexual dysfunction is high on the list of side effects in taking it. Nausea, headaches, body aches or muscle pain, constipation, high blood pressure, weight gain, memory loss, paresthesia, tremors or trembling, dizziness, insomnia, sweating, dry mouth and agitation are just some of the other side effects most patients experience during the first four weeks of treatment while the body acclimatize itself to the drug.


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Pregnant women taking antidepressants like Paxil are warned about the possible birth defects like congenital heart diseases and respiratory defects on their babies. However, discontinuing taking the drug can be highly dangerous as well. So, many women opt to continue taking it during pregnancy despite the high risks, but only under the supervision of their doctors. In cases like this, doctors lower the dosage just so that it wouldn’t fully harm the baby. Many knows that a depressed pregnant woman can bring more harm to her baby without taking medication since untreated depression can lead to suicidal tendencies and other worrying disturbing behavior.

Withdrawal from Paxil also induces several symptoms that have resulted to several lawsuit settlements since its launch into the market. A rebound effect usually comes after discontinuance of using it. Those with major depressive disorders are known to revert back to taking the drug since their lives are greatly affected by their conditions without medication.

Compared to the immediate release of the drug, Paxil CR (controlled release) is reported to have a lower rate of nausea at the first four weeks of taking it. However, the same other side effects can be experienced during withdrawal from it.

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the sadness overwhelms

Paxil’s contraindications involve all minors, ages eighteen and below and adult women who are planning to get pregnant or already is and still taking the drug. The US Food and Drug Administration required Paxil and other similar medications to carry on a black box warning, the most serious label given to a prescription drug.

Although there are no known biological tests that can confirm psychological imbalances such as depression, careful investigation, evaluation and observation of patients suffering from this age-old malady can determine the level of depression one has been going through. There’s a standardized set of questionnaires called the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression and the Beck Depression Inventory to help depressed people before doctors can prescribe antidepressants like Paxil to them or not. Further information about the drug and insight from those who are taking it is available through Paxil online, Paxil forum or in Paxil wiki.

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