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The Stages of Depression Treatment

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Take the First Step:

The initial treatment for depression may be an antidepressant, psychotherapy, or both. If you start with an antidepressant, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) says that the first choice is usually one of these newer types: SSRIs (such as Prozac and Zoloft), SNRIs (such as Effexor and Cymbalta), bupropion (Wellbutrin), or mirtazapine (Remeron). Be patient; it can take four to eight weeks to feel the full benefit.

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Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD

Last Annual Review Date: Dec. 14, 2011

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What to Ask Your Doctor About Depression

Be prepared to ask the right questions at your next doctor's appointment for depression.