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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.

 WRP Psychiatrists





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