Antidepressants, as the name suggests, are meant to treat depression. They are mostly medications that are used only with a doctor’s prescription and they function by affecting certain chemicals in a person’s brain. There are several groups of antidepressants and in many cases it is necessary to try several in order to find the most effective one for a given case.
Most antidepressants should be taken for at least 4 weeks in order for the effect to show up. These are strong medications that also have a very broad list of contraindications and side-effects; that is why most of them are prescription drugs.
They should be administered under supervision and their termination is also gradual. It is essential to stick to a doctor’s recommendations while of therapy with antidepressants.
Usually antidepressants are used in combination with other therapies in order to gain better effect. They are frequently prescribed in the cases when a person needs an energy boost and an opportunity to try and get to the underlying symptoms while the pressure of depressive mood and thoughts is alleviated by a drug.
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