Do I Need Antidepressants?

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Major Classes of Antidepressants and General Treatment Guidelines

Major classes of antidepressants include:

  • Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These drugs have become the standard antidepressants. They target the brain chemical (neurotransmitter) serotonin. They can be effective and usually have moderate side effects.
  • Other neurotransmitter inhibitors. These drugs target neurotransmitters other than or in addition to serotonin, such as norepinephrine. Many...
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