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Depression is treated in a variety of ways, usually starting with psychotherapy and first line antidepressant medications. If these therapies do not work, patients must often resort to other antidepressants to treat their depression.
In 2010, the American Psychiatric Association released revised practice guidelines for the treatment of depression.
Beyond psychotherapy, typical first line depression treatments include antidepressant medications known as SSRIs, DNRIs or SNRIs. These medications are thought to work by regulating the amount of neurotransmitters (or chemical messengers) in the brain. Because antidepressant drugs circulate throughout the body in the blood stream, they may result in unwanted side effects.
For some people, first line antidepressant drugs are not effective and other options need to be considered:
These additional treatments can also result in additional unwanted side effects.
For patients who have not benefited from first line antidepressant treatments, a new approach is available. NeuroStar TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) Therapy offers a proven, non-drug treatment for depression when initial antidepressant medication has failed.*