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What are antidepressants?
Antidepressants are medicines designed to treat people dealing with clinical depression.
They can also be used to treat conditions such as:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Why do people take antidepressants?
People are prescribed antidepressants to help when they are dealing with depression. They can help ease signs of depression including:
- Feeling continually low or sad
- Feeling hopeless and/or helpless
- Feeling anxious or worried
- Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
- Lack of energy
- Disturbed sleep
- Low sex drive
The list above isn’t exhaustive, and you may experience other symptoms when you are depressed.
If at any time you feel like harming yourself or feel like you are having suicidal thoughts, seek professional medical help immediately.
Antidepressants can ease depression symptoms but they don’t deal with the causes. For severe depression or other mental health conditions, antidepressants are best combined with therapy to address any emotional distress.
How do antidepressants work?
The process by which depression medication works isn’t fully understood, but it is thought they help to increase the levels of a group of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Some of these neurotransmitters, namely serotonin and noradrenaline, can help you feel better emotionally.
These neurotransmitters can also help to block pain signals, which is why antidepressants are also sometimes prescribed to people suffering from chronic pain.
Is it safe to take antidepressants?
Taking antidepressants is safe as long as you follow the course of treatment set out by your doctor. You should make sure you don’t change the strength or dose prescribed by your GP, and continue to take your medication even if you start to feel better.
You may find you have side effects when you start taking antidepressants, but these should pass within a few days. If you feel that you are experiencing severe side effects or side effects that don’t pass, make sure you speak to your doctor.
Antidepressants can take around two weeks to start working. In this time, you may find your symptoms get worse before you start to feel better. If you are concerned about the way you feel at any time, especially if you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself, you should speak to a medical professional.