Depression Medication: Why It's Not "One Size Fits All"

More severe forms of depression need what psychiatrist Dr. Walter Jacobson calls ""the heavy guns"". In this interview, he explains how the many different kinds of depression medication work, including:

  • SSRIs (like Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, Paxil, and Prozac)
  • SNRIs (like Cymbalta, Effexor, Fetzima, Pristiq, and Savella)
  • Buproprion (like Wellbutrin and Zyban)

He also helps us understand why a doctor doesn't just test for serotonin levels in order to diagnose depression, and why a clinical evaluation is absolutely necessary.

Dr. Jacobson then walks us through how he determines which antidepressants are best for which patients, and how he handles a patient who has suicidal thoughts.

If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, express your concern and seek help immediately. If you are feeling suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK in the U.S. or visit IASP or Suicide.org to find a helpline in your country.

You can follow Dr. Jacobson on Twitter.

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