Depression and SSRI Medication

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“Anti-depressants are not addictive, can take 2-4 weeks for an antidepressant to start working. If you stop suddenly you can get flu like symptoms… should do this in a planned way with your doctor.”


Tangata whai ora*:

“From my point of view medication should always be put with therapy. It helps you motivate you and move you through the therapy, and also it gave me a bit of hope.”


SSRI Medication: 

  • Stands for: Serotonin Specific Re-uptake Inhibitors
  • Increases the amount of serotonin in your brain.
  • Usually prescribed medication for 6-12 months. 
  • If you experience depression more than a couple of times in your life you may need to take it for longer.
  • Common side effects, headache, nausea, tummy upset.


*Tangata whai ora = in this context: adolescent service user