Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Antidepressants, along with therapy, are the first-line treatment protocols for depression and anxiety. Most people will respond favorably to antidepressant medications, with an estimated 65% of all patients seeing an improvement with antidepressant drugs. While the causes of depression are not entirely understood yet in the scientific and medical communities, it is thought that depression symptoms originate in complex brain chemistry. It’s true that depression can impact people on a multitude of levels and can cause a range of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms; it is a disorder of the brain.
The first antidepressants were invented in the 1950s. Today, there are more than 30 different types of antidepressants on the market and five main types of antidepressant drugs. Each type of antidepressant medication works differently to impact basic brain chemistry and neurotransmitters that play a role in depression and mental health disorder symptoms.
When were antidepressants invented?
Antidepressants help restore the normal function of naturally occurring, mood-regulating substances in the brain, called neurotransmitters, including serotonin and norepinephrine. Some mental health experts theorize that abruptly stopping an antidepressant simply does not give your brain time to adjust to the rapid changes.
Taper Off Slowly.
The first type is the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). This group of antidepressants prevents the re-uptake (reabsorption) of serotonin into the body. These are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. This category tends to cause fewer side effects compared to other categories of the drugs.