Successful treatment of depression is a realistic goal. The majority of people with depression can get better with treatment. A common approach is a combination of prescription medication and talk therapy. Some people may try natural remedies or lifestyle changes. Together, you and your health care professional can determine the appropriate option to effectively treat your depression.
There are several types of prescription antidepressant medications that are divided into different classes. Each antidepressant class affects the levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which are thought to be involved in regulating mood. The most commonly prescribed prescription antidepressants are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). SSRIs are believed to treat depression by affecting the levels of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. SNRIs are believed to treat depression by affecting the levels of two neurotransmitters called serotonin and norepinephrine.
In general, it can take several weeks to feel the full benefit of a prescription antidepressant, although some people will start to feel better sooner. It is important to give the medication a chance to work and to take it exactly as directed by your health care professional.