Antidepressants Library

  • Medications for Depression
    Depression is the most common mental disorder diagnosed. Two treatments are usually recommended for most people who are experiencing depression: psychotherapy and medication. Medication helps some of the symptoms of depression, while psychotherapy helps ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the STAR*D Study
    STAR*D is one of the largest, independent and most robust studies ever undertaken by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the effectiveness of a variety of medications in the treatment of depression. ...
  • What is Discontinuation Syndrome?
    Psychiatric drugs, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, are commonly prescribed to treat a wide variety of mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. One of the possible side effects of ...
  • Which Antidepressants Cause the Least Sexual Side Effects?
    Sexual side effects and one's libido are an important issue when it comes to antidepressant medications and depression itself. All too often, this issue is ignored when antidepressants are prescribed by a family physician or ...
  • Tackling the Fears of the ‘Worried Well’
    It is estimated that millions of people in the U.S. suffer from imaginary illnesses, including a rise in recent years in food intolerances. Are we really a nation of hypochondriacs? The "worried well," it would ...
  • Research Update on Treatment of Depression in Bipolar Disorder
    Depression in bipolar disorder is an important component of bipolar disorder. Yet most bipolar research prior to a few years ago focused more on the overall treatment of the disorder rather than treatments ...
  • An Overview of Anxiety and Depression
    When stress builds up, there is the potential for it to develop into longer-term problems. Anxiety and depression both are extremely widespread in the modern world, so an awareness of the common symptoms may help ...
  • Depression Medications: Antidepressants
    Antidepressants are medicines used to help people who have depression. With the help of these depression medications, most people can achieve significant recovery from depression. Antidepressant drugs are not happy pills, and they are not a ...
  • Depression and Premenstrual Syndromes
    Most women have some symptoms, whether physical or emotional, related to their periods. Symptoms are present during the five days before a woman gets her period and then disappear within a day or two of ...
  • Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride)
    What is Effexor? Effexor's chemical structure is unlike any other antidepressant. It works to restore the balance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters -- specifically serotonin and norepinephrine. Effexor is in a class of medicines ...
  • Upcoming Psychiatric Medications in the Pipeline
    It's hard to understand all of the drugs in development for mental disorders, but here are a few that we've been able to get a handle on that have been recently approved for prescription, or ...
  • Shame: The Quintessential Emotion
    It's the quintessential human emotion, says New Brunswick, N.J., psychologist Michael Lewis, Ph.D., in his writings. All extravagant behaviors are reactions to it, says Philadelphia psychiatrist Donald I. Nathanson, M.D. It's the root of dysfunctions ...
  • Medications for Depression
    The kind of depression that will most likely benefit from treatment with medications is more than just "the blues." It is a condition that is prolonged, lasting two weeks or more, and interferes with a ...
  • Choosing the Best SSRI
    As the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression in Great Neck, N.Y., pointed out, mood disorders are caused by a flaw in chemistry, not character. That's why medications that alter brain chemistry play ...
  • Paroextine may help treat compulsive hoarding
    New research has found that certain antidepressants work well to reduce symptoms of compulsive hoarding. It's very common to have a collection of some kind — acquiring and retaining nonessential objects is nearly universal and found ...
  • Medications: Symptom Relief, Not Cure
    Just as aspirin can reduce a fever without clearing up the infection that causes it, psychotherapeutic medications act by controlling symptoms. Like most drugs used in medicine, they correct or compensate for some malfunction in ...
  • Why Do Women Get the Blues?
    "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions." The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, William Shakespeare, 1600-01 Diagnosing Depression in Women Did you know that women are twice as likely to experience ...
  • Side Effects of Antidepressant Medications
    Like all medications, antidepressants may produce unwanted side effects. While various drugs have different side effect profiles, most individuals experience fewer side effects with the newer antidepressants (example: SSRIs, SNRIs). Some symptoms will go away ...
  • Treatment of Panic Disorder
    Treatment can bring significant relief to 70 percent to 90 percent of people with panic disorder, and early treatment can help keep the disease from progressing to the later stages where agoraphobia develops. Before undergoing any ...
  • Key Points about Antidepressant Therapy
    It takes from two to six weeks for an antidepressant to begin to work. You may feel worse before you feel better because side effects can occur almost immediately, whereas therapeutic benefits appear later. The ...
  • Anxiety, Worry, and Stress, Oh My: The Bugaboos of Modern Life
    Anxiety, worry, and stress are all afflictions of life in the modern world. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 10 percent of the American population, or 24 million people, suffer from anxiety ...
  • Depression and Baby Boomers: How Having It All May Be Too Much
    Among the generation that has continually attempted to have it all, many baby boomers are now reluctantly adding a diagnosis of depression to their list of gains. As the leading cause of disability in the ...
  • Identifying and Treating Major Depression
    I feel like I'm floating under an endless gray sky in an endless gray sea of tepid water. There is no horizon. There is nothing to break the monotony. I feel nothing. I see nothing. ...
  • Men Can Get the Blues
    Depression traditionally has been considered a female disorder. But men can and do get depressed. The big difference is that men may be less likely to seek treatment for depression because they see mental illness ...
  • Depression and Smoking
    Depression is associated with an increased frequency of smoking. Addicted smokers are characterized by preoccupation with smoking, abnormal attachment to cigarettes and anticipation of brain reward from the drugs in cigarette smoke. Attempts to quit ...