What You Should Know
About Antidepressant Medications
· Antidepressants are not addictive.
· Antidepressants are not stimulants or “happy pills.”
· Antidepressants must be taken on a regular basis if they are to be effective.
· Side effects can occur, but are typically minor and can be managed.
· All antidepressants must be taken for a period of four to six weeks before positive
effects will be noticed.
· It is important to be patient and keep taking the medication even though you
haven’t noticed symptom improvement yet.
· Always share any concerns with your doctor or therapist. Not all anti-depressants
work for all people.
· If the first medication is not effective, please be assured that a number of other
medication options exist and can be tried.
· Almost always, medication alone is not enough. Psychotherapy (with or without
medical treatment) has been shown to be very effective in treating depression.
· Once depressive symptoms subside, do not discontinue medications. Please consult
with your treating doctor.
· Typically, people are treated for a period of nine months after recovery from
depression to help prevent relapse.