With the advent of time, science and technology has increased many folds. Human beings have advanced and so have their technology, their resources, their desires, and their knowledge. With a combination of all the above, man has been able to conjure up medicines which has defied death. Man has been able to increase life expectancy among men and has been able to reduce the number of deaths every year. Man has been able to prepare various medicines and has succeeded to defy most of the diseases of the yester years. Of course man has not been able to start playing the role of God as yet and there still are a few diseases to which medication has not been still discovered. For instance, cancer and AIDS are two such examples. Proper medications to these have not yet been prepared. But researches are going on at a steady pace and pretty soon man would be able to treat these too. But in spite of these minor glitches human beings along with their knowledge and medical science have succeeded in making the lives of the people a lot easier.
So what is an antidepressant?
An antidepressant is the name of a certain category of drug. Antidepressants are drugs that help human beings to relieve themselves from the symptoms of depression. This means that human beings take antidepressant drugs to recover from the symptoms of depression. The invention of this type of drug was done in the 1950s. This drug works as magic and almost all the users of this drug has confirmed that they have had benefits after using this drug. There are almost 4 types of antidepressant drug today, each having a different use and purpose.
Now how do antidepressants work?
Before even starting on the process of making you understand ‘how do antidepressants work’ you have to know what neurotransmitters are. Neurons are cells in the brain that help to communicate between the cells of the brain. The neurons release a chemical called neurotransmitter which acts as the messenger or the post man, carrying information from one cell to another. Now there are different types of neurotransmitters in the brain that have different purpose and function and each type carry a different kind of emotion message. Low secretion and transmission of serotonin causes depression. Antidepressants actually have artificially prepared serotonin which thus helps to recover from depression. More can be obtained from the internet by searching with the key words ‘how do antidepressants work’.