If you have been diagnosed with a mood disorder, it is likely that you will be prescribed an antidepressant to help alleviate your symptoms. As a consumer, you have the right to know what these drugs are, how they work, and what they can and cannot do.
What are Antidepressants?
Antidepressants are prescription psychiatric medications that are used to alleviate the symptoms of mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder (clinical depression) and anxiety disorders. They will not cure a disorder and they do not take effect instantly. Generally, you should wait at least six weeks before deciding that a certain medication is ineffective. Antidepressants alleviate symptoms by altering the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.