Antidepressants are medicines used to treat depression and other mental health problems such as:
If you are taking medicine for depression, or other problems, you may feel better if you also seek counseling or psychotherapy.
The brain is made up of cells, called neurons, which communicate with each other. Messages that control many of your body functions move through your brain from cell to cell. This communication is controlled by chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Some of these chemicals are very important in controlling your mood and emotions. In depression, we don’t know which comes first. It may be that your depression causes too little or too much of the chemical to be present in your brain. Or it may be that too much or too little of the chemical causes your depression. Antidepressant medicines help treat the imbalance of chemicals.
Not all antidepressants affect your brain chemistry in the same way. Your healthcare provider will work with you to carefully select the right medicine for you.
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Be sure to keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.