Medication for Depression

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Medication treatment of depression is generally safe and effective and is often used in conjunction with therapy. Dr. Edward Hill discusses medication therapy for depression in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Medicines for depression work by increasing levels of chemicals in your brain that help you feel good. These medicines can help people with mild or moderate depression, but theyre more effective in people with very bad depression. These medicines work best if you take them every day. They dont work if you take them only on days when you feel bad.

How effective the treatment is differs for everyone. Some people start feeling better after just a couple of weeks. Others dont notice any improvements for up to eight weeks. Keep in mind that the changes might be subtle at first. For example, you may notice that your appetite is coming back or that youre sleeping better, even though you still feel the same.

If treatment doesnt work within the first eight weeks, dont give up. Talk to your doctor about your options. You might need a higher dose of your medicine or a different medicine. Dont increase your dose without talking to your doctor first.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.