Antidepressants are used to relieve the symptoms of depression, stress disorder, anxiety, obsession, bipolar disorder, mania, panic attacks, eating disorder, chronic pain. They increase the activity of particular chemicals in the brain cells (neurotransmitters) that pass signals to one another. The chemicals are serotonin and noradrenalin.
Antidepressants are considered to work faster than psychotherapies.
During a long term treatment patients taking antidepressants have to increase the dose of the medicine as the body gradually adjusts to it.
Nowadays there are 30 kinds of antidepressants (trycyclics, SSRIs,SNRIs,MAOIs).They are available only with the doctor’s prescription.