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Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressant medications, or antidepressants, denote a class of drugs effective in alleviating depressed mood via neuromodulatory action in the brain but without inducing euphoria in an individual who is not depressed. This umbrella term may, however, be somewhat misleading, because these drugs are also effective in the treatment of an array of other mental health and neurological disorders, including dysthymia, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, chronic and neuropathic pain, migraine, premenstrual dysphoric syndrome and dysmenorrhea, snoring, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, premature ejaculation, addiction, dependence, and sleep disorders. For some of these other disorders, higher or lower doses are required than for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD); for example, higher doses are needed to treat OCD and lower doses are needed for certain ...

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