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How is depression treated?

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According to WebMD, depression can be treated with antidepressant medications, psychotherapy or brain stimulation treatments. Patients with depression may require one or more of these treatments to become cured.

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According to WebMD, antidepressant medications come in many different forms. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors alter the amount of serotonin that is in a patient's brain. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors increase the amount of serotonin and norepinephrine in a patient's brain. Tricyclic antidepressants also affect the concentrations of serotonin and norepinephrine in a patient's brain. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors are only prescribed to patients who do not respond to other treatments. All of these antidepressant medications can be taken alone or combined with other depression treatments.

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