Depression is one of the most common mental health diagnoses given to young adults in the United States. With antidepressant medication usage on the rise, more and more working adults are turning to their physician to find the right balance of medication use to aid in managing daily stressors and the effects of depression. If you are considering the use of antidepressants, it is important to become familiar with not only the health benefits but also the risks including the risk for developing antidepressant induced mania.
While the use of antidepressants, for the most part, is safe, there are some adults who will experience health complications when the right type of antidepressant medication is not prescribed. Because antidepressant medications come in a variety of formulas and chemical developments, your doctor will need to assess your symptoms and then determine what medication is best for you. When suffering form abnormal side effects from your antidepressant usage, it is important to ask your doctor about changes needed to your dose or to the type of medication so as to avoid risks such as antidepressant induced mania.
Mania, when taking antidepressants, is commonly associated with the use of antidepressants that are designed to promote energy. Because there are some biochemical compositions that can help with physical energy levels, mania can be a side effect of an antidepressant usage when you are taking a medication that may not be the right combination. For adults who take antidepressants for fibromyalgia, for example, these types of antidepressants may be used to promote energy and alleviate fatigue. But, if this biochemical response is not ideal, mania can develop.
If, after starting your antidepressant medication, you begin to feel as if you are manic or overly excitable, then it will be important to seek out medical attention immediately to determine what steps you need to take to wean off the medication and to possibly change to another line of treatment. In most cases, your doctor will not recommend that you abruptly discontinue the medication as this can only further exacerbate manic symptoms.
While antidepressant usage is common and considered relatively safe, the chemical composition and biochemical responses to these medications are unique for each individual. Finding the right balance for your mental health needs will be important and it is especially important to find the right medication for your depression so as to avoid entering into a complication associated with antidepressant induced mania.
Sources: The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, by Peter Roger Breggin