Talk Therapy and Medication are often used as the first line of treatment for depression. A therapist can a help you create strategies to identify and avoid any triggers that exacerbate your depression.
Medications that are commonly used to treat depression include:
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.These typically have less side effects than other types of antidepressants.
— Fluoxetine (Prozac), Sertraline (Zoloft), and Escitalopram (Lexapro) all fit into this category.
Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs.—These include Duloxetine (Cymbalta) and Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq).
Tricyclic antidepressants.These antidepressants can be very effective, but cause more severe side effects. They’re often used if you haven’t responded to other medications.
—These include Imipramine (Tofranil) and Nortriptyline (Pamelor).
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