Everyone will suffer short term depression now and then. Meanwhile, some people will suffer from this disease longer than a few months and have many different long term effects, not just for them, but also the people around them as well. They may try to take antidepressants, and find that none of these are working for them, and even keep trying different medications in hopes of finding that golden key that will open the door to their release. They may think that something is wrong with them, but this is not the case. The real problem is that many of these drugs simply do not work and they will all have long term effects on the body.
Some of you out there may know what the symptoms of depression are. For those of you who do not, here is a quick run down on a few of the many signs. Irritability, lack of cohesive sleeping patterns, either with insomnia, or sleeping for long periods of time. Eating disorders, not eating enough, not eating at all, or eating in excess. Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and not participating in activities they once found pleasurable. They may alienate their friends and family, and start destructive behaviors, like cutting, or engaging in dangerous sexual activities, and even try to commit suicide.
Many who have taken antidepressants for their depression may even find that the effects of these medications might make these symptoms worse, and then try to take more. The problem is that these drugs do not have any of the benefits that are expected of them. You may also start experiencing the short term side-effects, such as headaches, nausea, stomach problems, as well as many others. You may also experience symptoms that may have never been there before, like behavioral problems for example.
So what are some long term effects of this disease? To start out with, you may start to lose the support of your friends and family, who just can not stand seeing you like that any more. Those who do stand by you, may start to suffer in their own lives as well. Staying away, and not going out and doing the things you used to do can cause physical problems as well, like muscle atrophy, hypertension, and long term damage to tissues and organs. If you are not eating right, this can cause obesity, and malnutrition. If you are doing self destructive behaviors like cutting, you will be leaving permanent scars which can be a constant reminder of your self-inflicted attempts at hurting yourself. If you attempt suicide and succeed, this of course results in well...the end.
The good news is that you can change all of these things, and relieve your depression without antidepressants. Sometimes, the problem is that you have a build up of toxins in your body, and in your brain, and these need to be flushed out. It could mean that you are suffering from a chemical imbalance, and need to start eating the right foods, ones that are full of antioxidants, high in serotonin and other chemicals that your body is not producing on its own. It could be that you have an underlying glandular problem, like thyroid disease, and there are medications that actually do fix this.
You need to start by being proactive and read all the information you can. Get the right help, and get off that couch and start doing something about your condition. The help is there and you can only get help if you really want it. You will not have these long term effects to be worried about if you go out of your way to get yourself off of the depression medications and start to explore a more natural approach.