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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): Overview

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The most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). While primarily designed to address depression, SSRIs are also employed in the treatment of anxiety and various other mental health disorders. Typically chosen as the initial approach for depression treatment, SSRIs are preferred due to their lower incidence of side effects compared to other antidepressants. Common side effects associated with SSRIs include sexual dysfunction, difficulty sleeping, and changes in weight.
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Antidepressants & SSRIs

Major depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a significant mental health condition impacting approximately 16 million adults annually.
Indications of depression encompass enduring feelings of sadness lasting at least two weeks, disrupting daily life. If left untreated, depression elevates the risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts or turning to substance abuse as a form of self-medication.

Along with depression, SSRIs may also be used to treat:

Managing depression typically includes medication, therapy, or a blend of both. While antidepressant medications have a long history, more recent types like SSRIs have emerged and are considered to have fewer associated risks.

SSRI antidepressants include:

Other types of antidepressants include:

Tricyclic antidepressants and MAOIs belong to older categories of antidepressants linked to more pronounced side effects. Typically, these are prescribed only when SSRIs or alternative antidepressants prove ineffective.