Which antidepressant is right?

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Question from Falla: I'm considering asking my doctor to prescribe antidepressants for me, but there are so many medications out there that I have no idea which one might be right for me.
Answers - Diane Thompson I'm glad to hear that you and your doctor are going to discuss this. There are many excellent antidepressant medications on the market today. In fact, they are so good that at this point we often choose an antidepressant based on its side effects. Some side effects may actually be good. For example, some antidepressants can help with sleep while others are more energizing. Some may decrease appetite, and others may increase appetite. These are some of the issues that you may want to discuss with your doctor when choosing an antidepressant.

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