Traditional treatments for depression are medications. Anti-depressants are used to suppress the symptoms of depression such as low moods and negative thoughts. These medications must be prescribed by a physician because they are often quite powerful and can have side-effects such as sleep issues, sexual problems or nausea. It is also important to find the right medication for you – not everyone responds similarly to the same medications.
Several new medications for the treatment of depression have been introduced over the last 20 years. What has been missing is any consistent data about the effectiveness of these "second-generation" antidepressants. A team of researchers have now reviewed 117 controlled trials to compare second-generation antidepressants for the acute…