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Every individual undergo depression but sometime it make you feel as you are the only one who struggles. It is one of the common psychological or mental conditions that affect more than 20 million people and sometime leads to cause death. Depression has taken lives more than cancer, diabetes and AIDs. It does not involve only mind but also thoughts along with whole body.

There are quit many symptoms that cause depression such as stress, sadness, tension, excess use of alcohol and smoke. Depression is caused by inhibiting the enzyme that is responsible for breaking down nerve cells chemical which give pleasure seeking behavior. 

Uses of antidepressants are often the best treatment to get rid of depression. These medications improve symptoms of depression by increasing the amount of certain brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. 

Major Types of Antidepressants include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): They are a newer form of antidepressant. They work by altering the amount of chemical present in the brain called serotonin. Example escitalopram, fluoxetine and paroxetine.
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs): These drugs help to treat depression by increasing availability of the brain chemicals norepinephrine and serotonin. Example venlafaxine, desvenlafaxine and duloxetine.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs): These medications primarily affect the levels of two chemical messengers called norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. Example desipramine, doxepin and imipramine .
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs): These drugs are most useful in people with depression who do not respond to other treatments. Example phenelzine, tranylcypromine and isocarboxazid.


These medications are very much useful in the treatment of moderate to severe depression and also in some anxiety disorders.

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