When would medication be used?
Moderate to severe depression is often managed by medication. Medication can be prescribed by a GP or by a psychiatrist, often medication will be used in conjunction with talking therapies.
What are anti-depressants?
The most common anti-depressant medications prescribed are called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs include Fluoxetine, Citalopram and Sertraline.
Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) are similar to SSRIs and include Venlafaxine and Duloxetine.
Older classes of anti-depressants which may also be prescribed include Tricyclics and MAOIs. These tend to have more side effects than the newer anti-depressants.
Different medications suit different people however and your GP or psychiatrist will advise which might be best for you. The Royal College of Psychiatrists gives more detailed information on anti-depressant medication. See http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk and follow links for depression and anti-depressants.
For other treatments of depression including self help and talking therapy options please see here.
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