How can I get prescribed depression medication

Mental health
Coping with Depression and Anxiety Disorder

Medical treatment consists primarily of the administration of antidepressants. There is a great deal of misinformation about treatment with antidepressants. The way antidepressants work is actually complex and not easy to explain and understand. But the drugs have been proven to be effective in treating depression.

Antidepressants require a prescription and can be prescribed by specialists in psychiatry with or without psychotherapy. In "simple" cases, this is also done by a doctor specializing in general medicine ("family doctor"). Sometimes antidepressants are not prescribed until other treatments have failed or the severity of the disease makes urgent action necessary.

People with moderate or severe forms of depression generally need drug treatment. These include, individually or in combination, mood enhancers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants.

Which antidepressant should be taken?

A doctor will decide which medication is best for each individual case after careful considerations and assessments. Personal circumstances such as age, symptoms and additional medication play an important role here. In women, there are also factors such as pregnancy or breastfeeding. Affected people can help them choose medication by providing as much information as possible about themselves and their medical history.

There are many different types of antidepressants that have been shown to be effective, but the effects may vary from person to person. Depending on the drug, it can take several weeks for antidepressants to take effect. It is therefore important to take the medication for the agreed time, even if you do not feel any change after a few days. It can also take some time to find the right medication and dosage.

What are the side effects?

Antidepressants can make people feel better. However, they do not change their personality or promise unlimited feelings of happiness. As with any other medication, some side effects may occur when taking it, such as nausea, headache, sweating, dizziness, restlessness, weight gain, dry mouth, and sexual difficulties (such as decreased sexual desire).

Some of these symptoms can be signs of depression, but they can also be side effects of antidepressants. The distinction should be made by experts.

Symptoms can only appear for a short time. Nevertheless, patients who notice these symptoms should inform their doctor about them. There are ways to reduce these side effects. The extent to which certain side effects occur varies from person to person and from drug to drug.

Below is a description of the different types of antidepressants.