Antidepressants are the medications most often prescribed to treat clinical depression. Depression is caused by an imbalance in the brain’s chemicals. Dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine effect a person’s emotional response affecting mood. These medications are effective by balancing the brain’s natural chemicals. Antidepressants help control these chemicals and bring them back into balance.
Among the different antidepressants, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed medications. Examples include: