- Jennifer Baxt LMHC LMFT
Tricyclic antidepressants are a type of antidepressant that has been used since the mid 1900s. Today, there are more than 30 different types of tricyclic antidepressants that are commonly used in cases of attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and depression. The antidepressant works by changing the way that certain neurotransmitters function in the brain in order to alter a persons mood. Many depression cases have been successfully treated while using tricyclic antidepressants, but this does not mean it is the right for everyone. There are other types of antidepressants a patient can try if this type isnt right for them.
As is true with most medications, different people can often react differently to the same medication. There are a number of symptoms that a patient can experience while taking this medications, though many will typically suffer only one or two of these symptoms if they experience any at all. It is having too many of these symptoms that can signify that this type of antidepressant may not be for the patient and it might be a good idea to try something else. It is extremely important that the patient taking a form of tricyclic antidepressant tell their therapist or counselor immediately if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: drowsiness, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth and seizures. Any other possible symptoms a patient might start suffering other than the above mentioned should also be discussed with the doctor. When the doctor is aware of what affect the medication is having on the patient, they can alter the dose or medication accordingly so that the patient is treated effectively. For those who the medication works well for, it can be quite effective in altering the chemicals in the brain in such a way that the persons mood is changed for the better and they become more open to treatment.
Tricyclic antidepressants are simply a tool used to help the patient through their therapy. They are not meant as a permanent fix to the patients depression. Instead, the antidepressants help the patient to calm down and/or open up about what might be putting them into their depression. To find out more about this type of antidepressant, an individual can contact an online therapist or counselor who would be more than happy to answer any questions the person may have. The online therapist can help the individual to understand what this type of antidepressant can do to help relieve their depression, and can also provide any therapy or counseling the person may need. In fact, online therapy is becoming a more popular resource all the time because it can be accessed from the comfort of ones home. The long and possibly uncomfortable wait in the waiting room is gone, and there is no need for the patient to have to take a significant amount of time out of their day to go see a therapist in person; instead, they can arrange a time to contact the therapist online from their home or office and get the answers and help they require.