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How effective are antidepressants?

Studies have shown that antidepressants are effective at relieving symptoms of depression about 40-60% of the time [source].

New approaches suggest that using data may help target the right treatments to the right patients based on symptom clusters and personal characteristics, delivering better outcomes.

Research shows that certain nutritional supplements, when taking together with antidepressants, can also enhance the effect of antidepressants.

Adding additional treatments, such as therapy and lifestyle improvement, to medication as part of a comprehensive care plan commonly leads to the best outcomes.

To get the best results with medication, it’s important to consistently measure progress during treatment – this is known as Measurement Based Care. This allows you and your psychiatric provider to make informed decisions for any necessary adjustment in your treatment. It’s common to adjust dose and/or medication when starting antidepressants to minimize side effects and maximize benefit.

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