Our expert says:
No antidepessant routinely makes you feel worse that you were to start with - if that was so, why would anyone take them or prescribe them ?
SOME antidepressants can reduce libido ( sexual desire ) and some can make it awfully easy to gain weight - these effects are experienced by a varying proportion of those who take thm, and then a diferent med should be tried.
It is important that your depression be reviewed, assessed, diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist rather than only a GP, although a GP can be helpful in continuing the treatment once started.
Also, consider CBT-style counselling, which can be very helpful in depression, by tackling the negative habits of thought that are a crucial part of depression, and fortunately this form of therapy doesn't lead to weight gain ( unless, maybe, you spend too long sitting in the waiting room !)
With the drugs, there are many variables. SOme suit your particular brain chemistry better than others ; and one needs to be taking the right dose for long enough ( at least a couple of weeks ) before deciding if it is suitable ).
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