When Depression Medication Stops Working

Depression medication has been one of the great advances of the last century. It has helped countless people overcome debilitating sadness and anxiety that often accompanies depression. But even today, depression medication is not an exact science. Many people find that, over time, depression medications wear off or stop working as effectively.

Why Would Depression Medication Stop Working?

There are many reasons that your antidepressant may stop working. It is important to keep an eye on your depression level and make sure that your emotions don’t become overwhelming. Some reasons your depression medications may fail to work include the following reasons:

  • Your body is adjusting to the medication. You can build tolerance to medication over time. As your body gets used to the antidepressant, you may be tempted to try more medicine over time. Don’t increase your dosage without first consulting your doctor. You may end up taking dangerous amounts of the drug or causing permanent damage to your body.
  • Your depression may be worsening or changing. With stress and age, depression may become worse. In this case, it is important to reevaluate if you are taking the right medicine, or if your dose is correct.
  • Interacting medications may interfere with your antidepressant. Even if you have not added a new medication, some interactions may take time to show up.
  • An underlying health or nutrition problem may be affecting your drug absorption. Problems with nutrition or even your body’s ability to absorb nutrition can greatly affect your mood. Digestive disease, diabetes, and thyroid conditions can all cause depressive emotions.
  • Bipolar disorder may affect your antidepressant. In some cases, incorrect medications can make bipolar mood swings more dramatic. It is important to take time to seek ongoing or inpatient care to allow your doctor time to observe your reactions to medication.

Take Time to Manage Depression Effectively

Taking time to manage depression effectively can make a huge difference in your life. You may feel like you don’t have the time to make a concentrated effort to treat this issue, but you will find that an investment in quality treatment will make you more productive, more happy and more well than just trying a new medicine every other month. Some people try to manage depression at home. In some cases, a person may turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate depression. Depression is one of the leading causes of addiction. If you are struggling with both depression and addiction, there is help.

We Can Help You End Depression

We work with a wide network of reputable, licensed treatment programs. We offer treatment placement, assistance, free consultation and phone counseling. We can help you find treatment that works for your life because we offer help finding specialized treatment for depression and other issues. Speak with someone who understands what you are going through. Call us today at our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to find out how we can help you.