Depression Medications

Functional Medicine

Medications are organized into different sections called classifications. Each classification drug affects the body in a different way. Meaning a certian medication can activate your you in this manner while this medication affects you differently.

There are several different classifications in medications that work on different pathways in the body.

Picture the medications like a river, there are four different rivers you can take when you talk about medications it’s up to your doctor on which river would be best for you. Some people do not respond positively to certain classifications of medication, this is when you might be prescribed a different medication to affect a different pathway in your body.
The four main types of depression medication include:

    SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)
    SNRI (Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors)
    MOAI (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors)
    DRI (Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors)

These medications work a lot like a dam in a river preventing the hormones from going downstream. As a result of the medication, there is a higher concentration of neurotransmitters in the brain. Often resulting in an improved mood. If you take an SSRI it will cause you to have an increase in Serotonin (the most popular of the happy hormones) in your brain, giving you improved mood.
However, there may be other issues with depression than the levels of neurotransmitters. There are many nutrient levels that control the concentration of neurotransmitters in the brain. For example, Copper is used in the conversion of your happy hormone (Dopamine) into adrenaline (Norepinephrine). Having too much Copper in your blood stream can cause you to have feelings of panic, inner tension, Anxiety, poor sleep etc.
As you can see, having excess of a single nutrient can make you feel like you have anxiety, but it may simply be that you have too much Copper.
Till Next Time Be Healthy!


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