Antidepressant Drugs

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What are antidepressants?

Antidepressants are a class of medication used to treat depression, as well as a range of other mental health issues, including:

They work by boosting the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, or enhancing their effects and are broken down into classes, depending on the way they act on the brain. Some of the main types of antidepressants include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Noradrenaline and specific serotonergic antidepressants (NASSAs)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants

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Some of the most commonly-prescribed antidepressants include:


How do antidepressants work?

Antidepressants are a class of drug used to treat a variety of mental health issues.

They come in many different varieties, but for the most part, work by extending or enhancing the effects of substances known as neurotransmitters, which are responsible for sending chemical signals between nerves and various organs throughout your body.


The process by which they work isn't fully understood, but by increasing the availability or effects of neurotransmitters, they can have a positive effect on your mood and emotions.


While effective, antidepressants are rarely used on their own and are often prescribed alongside a course of therapy that seeks to address the root cause of the mental health issue being treated. 

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