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Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet

Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Alteus Biogenics Pvt.Ltd
Medicine composition: Fluoxetine
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is used for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, sudden panic attacks, bulimia (eating disorder) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (symptoms of tension, irritability and depression before menstruation). The medication can improve your sleep, mood, appetite as well as the energy level. It belongs to the drug group known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the serotonin amount in your body, which is a natural substance present in your brain that helps in maintaining mental balance.

Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is available in the form of a tablet, capsule, delayed-release capsule and a liquid solution, to be taken orally. It can be taken with food or without it. The dosage will depend on your present health condition and how your body reacts to the first dose. Your doctor may prescribe a low dose initially and then increase it gradually. It is advised not to stop the medication abruptly without consulting your doctor, as there is a possibility of experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as mood changes, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, agitation or irritability. It may take 4-5 weeks and sometimes even longer for Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet to show its full effectiveness.

You can suffer from mild side effects like nervousness, nausea, dry mouth, weakness, drowsiness and decreased sexual performance while taking Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet. You can consult your doctor if they refuse to go away after some time. However, there can be some serious side effects too in some cases that require immediate medical attention:

  • Allergic reaction to the medicine, causing difficulty in breathing, rashes, hives, swelling of the face and lips
  • Pain in the eyes or blurry vision
  • Palpitations or faster heart rate
  • Seizures, tremors, hallucinations or suicidal tendencies
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding

Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet can make you feel drowsy or dizzy. It is advised not to drive or do any other activity that requires your complete concentration. In case you are an elderly patient, be careful when you are getting up from a sitting or sleeping position to avoid a sudden fall. Also, you must avoid alcohol while you are under this medication.

Bulimia
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Bulimia which is an excessive eating disorder caused by genetic and psychological factors. Some of the symptoms include living in fear of gaining weight and eating continuously until it feels uncomfortable.
Depression
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of depression which is a serious mood disorder caused by genetic and environmental factors. Feeling sad, irritable and devoid of energy are some the symptoms of depression.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder which is an anxiety disorder caused by genetic and environmental factors. Some of the symptoms include aggression, suffering from a fear of contamination, and getting an obsessive urge to clean.
Panic disorder
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of the panic disorder. Sweating, breathing problem, weakness and numbness in hands are some of the symptoms of panic disorder.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder which is a condition in which women has irritability, tension, and depression before menstruation.
Allergy
If you have a known allergy to Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet or any other medicines belongs to the class selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is not recommended in patients who have taken Monoamine oxidase inhibitors within the last 14 days.
In addition to its intended effect, Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Skin Rash Major Common
Restlessness Major Common
Fever or chills Major Less Common
Muscle or joint pain Major Less Common
Anxiety Major Rare
Increased sweating Major Rare
Dry Mouth Major Rare
Decreased appetite Minor Common
Abnormal dreams Minor Less Common
Frequent Urination Minor Less Common
Changes in vision Minor Less Common
Convulsions (seizures) Major Rare
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 12 to 14 days.
What is the onset of action?
The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 6 to 8 hours.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendency has been reported
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine. Monitoring of undesired effects like colic, fussiness, and drowsiness is necessary.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet, and hence can be used as its substitute.
Missed Dose instructions
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If its almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
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Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Depression Major
Use with caution the patients suffering from depression and other psychiatric disorders due to the increased risk of suicidal thoughts especially at the beginning of the treatment and at the time of dose change. Discontinue the medicine and inform the doctor if these symptoms appear.
Glaucoma Moderate
Use with caution in the patients with angle-closure glaucoma or history of glaucoma due to the risk of increasing the intraocular pressure.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol Moderate
Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it can result in dizziness and difficulty in concentration. Avoid activities that need mental alertness like driving or operating heavy machinery.
Interaction with Lab Test
Lab
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Tramadol Major
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is not recommended with tramadol due to increase in the risk of seizures, confusion, and increased heartbeat. This interaction is more likely to occur in the elderly population with a history of seizures or alcohol withdrawal. Inform the doctor if these medicines are taken together. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Diuretics Moderate
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet may cause low blood sodium levels and this risk may increase if taken with diuretics like furosemide. Frequent monitoring of blood pressure and kidney function tests are necessary. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors Major
Cyclotin 20 MG Tablet is not recommended with monoamine oxidase inhibitors like selegiline, isocarboxazid, phenelzine due to increase in the risk of side effects. There should be a minimum of 14 days time gap between these two medications. Inform the doctor if these medicines are taken together. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Popular Questions & Answers

Tell me the OCD problem medicines I'm suffering from depression anxiety disease please suggest medicines.

MBBS, MRCPsych
Psychiatrist, Visakhapatnam
Tell me the OCD problem medicines I'm suffering from depression anxiety disease please suggest medicines.
Hi lybrate-user Most commonly used medicines for OCD are classed as SSRIs which include fluoxetine, paroxetine, fluvoxamine etc although some other medicines may also be used. In common practice these are called antidepressants as they were first developed to help treat depression but later through research they were found to be beneficial in OCD as well. If you have been diagnosed with Depression by your psychiatrist you may be currently using or have used one of these medicines. The dosage of SSRIs used in OCD may usually be higher than in Depression or anxiety. Please consult your psychiatrist for further evaluation before initiating or altering your treatment. Hope that helps.
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I?m taking fluoxetine 40 mg daily for anxiety. I?ve taken it for 2 years before then stopped as my anxiety was under control but after 3 months I again started having anxiety so my doctor again prescribed me fluoxetine 40 mg but this I?m getting erection problems due to it. My doctor says this be alright when I stop fluoxetine but I?m not sure why is it causing this sexual side effects this time as last time I tolerated it really well?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I?m taking fluoxetine 40 mg daily for anxiety. I?ve taken it for 2 years before then stopped as my anxiety was under ...
Fluoxetine very commonly causes erection problems, discuss with your psychiatrist, there are many alternatives which are effective for anxiety but have lesser sexual side effects. Surprised to hear your doctor has asked you to continue the same despite sexual side effect. All the best.

Dear doctor I have been suffering from OCD from 4-5 year. I have been diagnosed by a doctor. B taking flunil 20 mg with pan 40. But 3 year ago I quit my medicine as I conceived my kid. Again I am feeling the same symptoms repetitive thought. Washing my hand clothing and kid. Again I started flunil 20 mg but this time I am feeling pinching pain in my upper abdomen. .what should I do. please help me.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Flunil (fluoxetine) is a good medicine for treatment of OCD. Usual dosage for OCD is 40-80 mg/day. Some people have gastric irritation with it, and the upper abdominal pain may be because of it. Such pain usually is relieved by taking Antacids. There are some other medications available for OCD which may not cause gastric irritation. You should discuss this with your Psychiatrist who will guide you further.
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Suffering form depression from long time, tried different antidepressants nexito, vilano currently on bupropion. Bupropion has lifted few of the symptoms but not completely. M from medical profession and read about melancholic depression and I am having most of the symptoms related to it like anhedonia, early morning awakening, depression more severe in the morning. I wanted to know, what's the success rate of melancholic depression with bupropion or other AD. Tca has got better result compared to other drugs. What about fluoxetine? Or venflaxine So shall I give a try to TCA .and any other tips in particular to melancholic depression.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Suffering form depression from long time, tried different antidepressants nexito, vilano currently on bupropion. Bupr...
Dear lybrate-user, Most antidepressants work more or less at the same level. Mostly, you go by the side-effects - whether they are acceptable by you. Both Vilazodone and Bupropion have minimal sexual side effect. Fluoxetine has more erectile dysfunction. Weight and sedation are also to be taken into account. If you can tolerate effective dose of TCA, you can try. Otherwise go for Venlafaxine. The only tip is - it is not the antidepressant. It is the duration (minimum 3-6 weeks) and dose (TCA and Venlafaxine 75 - 225 mg) of the tablet that matters.
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Popular Health Tips

Male Sexual Health

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Male Sexual Health

What is ejaculation?

It is the release of semen from the penis at orgasm. Semen is made up of sperm and fluid from testes (singular testis), seminal vesicles and prostate gland.

When a man is sexually stimulated, the brain sends signals to the genital area through nerves in spinal cord that causes contraction of pelvic muscles. Waves of pelvic muscle contractions transport the semen from the testes to tip of penis through vas deferens. This is called ejaculation or orgasm (colloquially to cum, shoot, blast or bust).

What is premature ejaculation (PE)?

PE means 'cumming too soon', that is, a man ejaculates before he is ready for it and he has no control over it.

Studies have shown that most men ejaculate between 2-5 minutes after penetration. This time frame is again arbitrary since it can differ from men to men, couple to couple, between cultures and other factors. So, for practical reason, if ejaculation occurs within 1 minute of penis entering into a vagina, it is called premature ejaculation. It is the commonest sexual problem in men and affects all ages.

What are the causes?

  • Premature ejaculation can be primary or secondary.
  • Primary or lifelong PE is when a man has not had control of ejaculation from the time of his first sexual experience. It can be caused by a chemical imbalance in brain centres that lowers the threshold for ejaculation.
  • Secondary or acquired PE is usually when there has been a period of normal functioning before premature ejaculation began. Secondary premature PE is often linked to psychological factors like stress, performance anxiety, relationship issues and impotence.

How is it diagnosed?

There are no tests or scans to diagnose PE. If you have premature ejaculation, you need to see your local doctor and a diagnosis is made based on your history.

What treatments are there for premature ejaculation?

Treatment for PE may involve sex therapy, behavioural techniques, medications, local gels and creams, and treatment of other conditions like erectile dysfunction.

Sex therapy is administered by a person called sex therapist. This is particularly important if the cause of premature ejaculation is psychological like relationship issues and anxiety. Sex therapist provides counselling to address these issues.

There are mainly two behavioural techniques that can be used for treating premature ejaculation:

Seman's 'stop start' technique and Masters and Johnson's 'squeeze' technique.

How to perform Seman's 'stop start' technique

  • Arouse yourself sexually by playing with your penis or ask your partner to stimulate it for you
  • Once you are fully aroused and feel you are close to ejaculation, stop playing
  • Wait for some time until the feeling of ejaculation passes away
  • Once the feeling has passed, you can restart stimulating your penis
  • Repeat this cycle 5-6 times until you finally ejaculate
  • Once you feel more confident with this technique, you can actually practice this after entering your partner. Start thrusting your partner until you feel you are close to ejaculation, stop thrusting and divert your attention to something else. Once the ejaculation feeling passes away, resume thrusting and stopping until you finally ejaculate.
  • How to perform Masters and Johnson's 'squeeze' technique

Once you are fully aroused and feel you are close to ejaculation, squeeze the tip of the penis between your thumb and index finger (or your partner can squeeze it for you) for several seconds until the feeling of ejaculation passes away. Repeat this squeeze and release technique for as long as you can until you finally ejaculate.

What medications are used to treat PE?

  • You need to see your local doctor to get medications prescribed for PE.
  • Dapoxetine (Priligy) is the only medication that is specific to the treatment of premature ejaculation. It is taken 'on-demand' only, one to three hours before sexual intercourse.
  • Some antidepressants have the side effect of delayed ejaculation and used for premature ejaculation. They include SSRIs like fluoxetine, paroxetine and sertraline and tricyclic antidepressant called clomipramine.
  • If PE is associated with erectile dysfunction, Viagra, Cialis or Levitra may be prescribed by your doctor.
  • Local anaesthetic creams and gels can reduce penile sensation and help premature ejaculation. They should be applied up to 30 minutes before sexual intercourse.
  • Using two condoms can reduce penile sensation and help a man take longer to ejaculate.

Just remember

Premature ejaculation is a very common sexual problem in men and affects all ages. It can cause embarrassment and anxiety and affects a man's self-esteem. It can affect both partners emotionally and sexually. There are many treatments available including sex therapy, behavioural techniques and medications but you need to seek help early. It is very important for partners to discuss this openly and get help from a doctor or other health care professionals.

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Priapism - How Can It Be Treated?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine, Certified course in Herbal(Ayurvedic) medicine
Sexologist, Ludhiana
Priapism - How Can It Be Treated?

Priapism is a condition of the penis where the erection persists long after the sexual stimulation. It is a painful condition and is extremely common among patients suffering from sickle cell anaemia. Medical treatment is necessary at the earliest in order to prevent any damage to the tissue. This condition is mostly observed in people in the age segment of 30-40.

Symptoms of priapism:
The symptoms of priapism vary according to the type of priapism a person is affected with. Two of the most common types of priapism are non-ischemic and ischemic priapism. While the latter is more common to those with a family history of the same disease, the former can occur to any person. Some of the common symptoms of both the condition include the following:

  1. An erection that lasts for more than an hour or more
  2. Pain in the penis during erection
  3. Rigid shaft of the penile with a soft tip

What are the causes of priapism?

  1. Blood-related disorders such as leukaemia, thalassemia, and sickle cell anaemia
  2. It can also arise from side effects of other medications such as fluoxetine, sertraline, papaverine, warfarin, atomoxetine, chlorpromazine, phentolamine etc
  3. Abuse of alcohol, marijuana, drugs etc.
  4. An injury or trauma to the penis, perineum and pelvis restricting the blood flow.
  5. Penis cancer
  6. Metabolic disorders such as amyloidosis and gout
  7. Neurological disorders such as syphilis or an injury to the spinal cord
  8. A toxic infection or a bite from a spider

What are the possible complications?
Priapism can lead to serious consequences, especially the ischemic type. The trapped blood inside the penis that is devoid of oxygen can start damaging the tissue of the penis. If this disease is not treated on time, it can lead to erectile dysfunction.

How is priapism diagnosed?
A doctor starts from a physical exam and goes through the medical history in order to get first-hand knowledge of the condition. This is followed by the prescription of tests such as blood gas measurement, ultrasound, count of red blood cells and platelets and other toxicology tests.

What are the treatment options?
There could be various approaches that are taken by a doctor. Excess blood can be drained out with the help of a syringe and the penis can be flushed with saline in order to get rid of the oxygen-devoid blood out of the penis. Certain medications can be injected into the pen that helps the blood to flow normally without accumulating inside the penis. If all else fails, a surgeon can perform a procedure in order to drain the blood from a different route.

6 Symptoms Of Depression And Its Treatment!

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, Senior Resident Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, Ahmedabad
6 Symptoms Of Depression And Its Treatment!

Feeling tired all the time? Do you feel that you can’t focus on things anymore? Have you lost interest in things and people you once loved spending time with? Does your temper fly off the hook at the drop of a hat? If it is a ‘yes’ to the questions above, then you might be slowly but steadily succumbing to depression. Depression is a psychological disorder that is characterized by symptoms of extreme sadness, worthlessness and hopelessness over a prolonged period of time.

Symptoms

  1. Lack of Interest: This is probably the starkest of all the symptoms. Hobbies or activities that you used to enjoy once no longer catch your fancy. You do not find little or no pleasure in social activities or any other hobby of yours anymore.
  2. A constant Feeling of Hopelessness: You tend to develop a negative outlook towards life in general, as you feel that the current situation will never get better and will only worsen.
  3. Loss of Appetite: Loss of appetite is a common feature of depression; it can also lead to rapid weight loss. If engulfed by depression, one generally tends to ignore food completely, remain hungry, both of which contribute to the vicious cycle that depression is.
  4. Changes in Sleep Patterns: Insomnia is a condition that is marked by a sheer inability to sleep, no matter how physically exhausted one is. Depression tends to exhibit this particular symptom in maximum cases. However, oversleeping, or sleeping more than the sufficient hours is also common.
  5. Reckless Behavior: Depression makes one more prone to reckless behavior; one generally develops an angry and irritated persona; this in turn, may make one to exhibit reckless and rash behavior.
  6. Lack of Energy and Focus: Depression causes one to feel fatigued and sluggish the entire day. Factors such as a total loss of appetite contribute to this particular symptom. Stemming from these symptoms are two other major occurrences; an inability to focus on anything and an inability to decide on anything.

Self-help, Coping tips and Treatment-

  1. Connect with different people: Being isolated from the rest can and usually aggravates symptoms of depression. So, reach out to other people and your loved ones; talk to your loved ones and try to empty your mind when you are having a one-to-one with them. Interacting and talking to others will make you feel better and should go a long way in taking that huge rock off your chest.
  2. Try to ditch that sedentary lifestyle; go out in the open: An early morning jog can feel daunting at first but the benefits are immense. Exercising regularly has been proven to be as effective as anti-depressants in combatting depression. Even a 20 minutes jog early in the morning releases ‘endorphins’ in the body, also known as the ‘feel good hormones’. These hormones induce a feeling of happiness and relaxation, thus taking your mind off any particular event or circumstance that has been ruining your sanctity of late.
  3. Avoid Alcohol and Drugs: Avoid alcohol and drugs to come out of your sadness; they have never helped and will never help. Taking these substances provides a temporary solution to depression, as it will again show up once the effects of the intoxicants wear off. It will also interfere with other medications that you may be taking to combat depression, thus reducing their potency.
  4. It’s high time you bought the meditating mat: Sleep has a beneficial effect on your mental health as it has been proven to improve memory and other cognitive and brain functions. Another way to improve brain function and be more relaxed is to meditate regularly. Meditation induces a state of relaxation, and if done on a regular basis, can be an effective treatment for depression. Meditation also helps with an improved focus and reduced anxiety.
  5. Medications can always help: Medications such as anti-depressants are administered to treat depression. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), including citalopram, fluoxetine and sertraline are the most commonly administered medications to cure this condition. However, it is advised to try the abovementioned methods first so that you do not have to depend on medications alone; the reason being that these medications do have their fair share of side effects.
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Treatment Options Available for Premature Ejaculation

MBBS
Sexologist, Jaipur
Treatment Options Available for Premature Ejaculation

Since long, ailments which can hamper your physical intimacy with your partner are of grave concern and amongst these premature ejaculation tops the list. Thus it is important that you discuss it out with your partner along with a therapist and resolve it through medical help. 

It is important that we understand what is premature ejaculation in order. Premature ejaculation is uncontrolled ejaculation either before or shortly after penetration.It may result in unsatisfactory intercourse for both partners. This can increase the anxiety of that person. It is one of the most common forms of male sexual dysfunction.
 
What are the causes behind PE?
The exact cause of premature ejaculation is unknown, but it's often rooted in physical, psychological, or emotional issues. In some cases, it may be related to a medical cause such as hormonal problems, injury, or a side effect of certain medicines.

Other causes may include:

  • Early experiences with masturbation and sex.
  • Erectile Dysfunction.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Intercourse with a new partner.

What are the symptoms?: The primary symptom of premature ejaculation is the inability to delay ejaculation for more than one minute after penetration. The main symptom is an uncontrolled ejaculation either before or shortly after intercourse begins. Ejaculation occurs before the person wishes it, with minimal sexual stimulation.
 
How it is diagnosed?: Premature ejaculation is diagnosed based on typical symptoms. To understand your problem, your doctor will need to discuss your sexual history with you. Be frank and open. The more your doctor knows, the better he or she can help you.
 
How it is treated?: In many cases premature ejaculation gets better on its own over time. Treatment may not be needed. But there are some serious conditions that need to be treated. If you are suffering from depression you should take medications to remove your depression, such as Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), and Prozac (fluoxetine).

Practicing relaxation techniques or using distraction methods may help you delay ejaculation. You can try using a condom to reduce sensation to the penis. Or you can try a different position (such as lying on your back) during intercourse.

These therapies may be used together in different combinations to treat premature ejaculation and in turn improve your self-esteem and sex life. Behavioral therapy is one possible approach for treating premature ejaculation. Most commonly, the 'squeeze technique' is used. Some men with premature ejaculation may benefit from drugs called phosphodiesterase inhibitors, such as sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), and tadalafil (Cialis). If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a sexologist.

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Depression- Symptoms, Self-Help, Coping Tips and Treatment

DPM, Msc Psychiatry, MBBS, Mental health training DMHP Nimhans Echo
Psychiatrist, Muzaffarpur
Depression- Symptoms, Self-Help, Coping Tips and Treatment

Feeling tired all the time? Do you feel that you can’t focus on things anymore? Have you lost interest in things and people you once loved spending time with? Does your temper fly off the hook at the drop of a hat? If it is a ‘yes’ to the questions above, then you might be slowly but steadily succumbing to depression. Depression is a psychological disorder that is characterized by symptoms of extreme sadness, worthlessness and hopelessness over a prolonged period of time.

Symptoms

  1. Lack of Interest: This is probably the starkest of all the symptoms. Hobbies or activities that you used to enjoy once no longer catch your fancy. You do not find little or no pleasure in social activities or any other hobby of yours anymore.
  2. A constant Feeling of Hopelessness: You tend to develop a negative outlook towards life in general, as you feel that the current situation will never get better and will only worsen.
  3. Loss of Appetite: Loss of appetite is a common feature of depression; it can also lead to rapid weight loss. If engulfed by depression, one generally tends to ignore food completely, remain hungry, both of which contribute to the vicious cycle that depression is.
  4. Changes in Sleep Patterns: Insomnia is a condition that is marked by a sheer inability to sleep, no matter how physically exhausted one is. Depression tends to exhibit this particular symptom in maximum cases. However, oversleeping, or sleeping more than the sufficient hours is also common.
  5. Reckless Behavior: Depression makes one more prone to reckless behavior; one generally develops an angry and irritated persona; this in turn, may make one to exhibit reckless and rash behavior.
  6. Lack of Energy and Focus: Depression causes one to feel fatigued and sluggish the entire day. Factors such as a total loss of appetite contribute to this particular symptom. Stemming from these symptoms are two other major occurrences; an inability to focus on anything and an inability to decide on anything.

Self-help, Coping tips and Treatment-

  1. Connect with different people: Being isolated from the rest can and usually aggravates symptoms of depression. So, reach out to other people and your loved ones; talk to your loved ones and try to empty your mind when you are having a one-to-one with them. Interacting and talking to others will make you feel better and should go a long way in taking that huge rock off your chest.
  2. Try to ditch that sedentary lifestyle; go out in the open: An early morning jog can feel daunting at first but the benefits are immense. Exercising regularly has been proven to be as effective as anti-depressants in combatting depression. Even a 20 minutes jog early in the morning releases ‘endorphins’ in the body, also known as the ‘feel good hormones’. These hormones induce a feeling of happiness and relaxation, thus taking your mind off any particular event or circumstance that has been ruining your sanctity of late.
  3. Avoid Alcohol and Drugs: Avoid alcohol and drugs to come out of your sadness; they have never helped and will never help. Taking these substances provides a temporary solution to depression, as it will again show up once the effects of the intoxicants wear off. It will also interfere with other medications that you may be taking to combat depression, thus reducing their potency.
  4. It’s high time you bought the meditating mat: Sleep has a beneficial effect on your mental health as it has been proven to improve memory and other cognitive and brain functions. Another way to improve brain function and be more relaxed is to meditate regularly. Meditation induces a state of relaxation, and if done on a regular basis, can be an effective treatment for depression. Meditation also helps with an improved focus and reduced anxiety.
  5. Medications can always help: Medications such as anti-depressants are administered to treat depression. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), including citalopram, fluoxetine and sertraline are the most commonly administered medications to cure this condition. However, it is advised to try the abovementioned methods first so that you do not have to depend on medications alone; the reason being that these medications do have their fair share of side effects.
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