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Every year, approximately 25 million people in the United States suffer from an episode of depression, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness.
If you suffer from depression, it’s important that you work with your doctor to come up with a treatment plan that work best for you.
Treatment options for depression are individualized for each person. Treatment may include a prescription antidepressant medication, a combination of more than one prescription antidepressant medication and/or talk therapy to help alleviate symptoms of depression.
Antidepressant medications work on chemicals in the brain called serotonin and norepinephrine, which are neurotransmitters. Both of these particular neurotransmitters have been shown to help regulate a person’s mood. However, the reason serotonin and norephinephrine work on regulating mood is not yet fully understood.
There are several different classes of antidepressant medications your doctor may choose to prescribe, which include selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine re-uptake Inhibitors (SNRIs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and tricyclics.
SSRIs - selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors - are the most commonly prescribed class of depression medication in the world. These drugs work specifically on serotonin.
Medications found in the SSRI class include Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Lexapro (escitalopram), Paxil (paraxetine) and Celexa (citalopram). These medications also are available as generics.
As with any medication, it’s important for people with depression to keep an open dialogue with a healthcare professional so that the best treatment pathway is taken.
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness
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