You should also avoid using alcohol or drugs that have not been prescribed to you so that your medications can work.
When it is time to stop the medication, the doctor will help you slowly and safely decrease the dose so that your body can adjust.
Anyone taking antidepressants should be monitored closely, especially when they first start taking them. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website (gov, which is available 24 hours a day, every day. Text “HOME” to 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will respond to you with support and information via text message. If you see messages or live streaming suicidal behavior on social media, call 911 immediately, contact the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741).
Severe anxiety or agitation early in treatment can be especially distressing and should be reported to the doctor immediately. Some social media sites also have a process to report suicidal content and get help for the person posting the message.
Depression is common but that doesn’t mean it isn’t serious.
Treatment may be needed for someone to feel better.
People—even strangers—have saved lives by being vigilant.
For more information on depression and suicide prevention, visit the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website (nih.gov).
Psychotherapy (sometimes called “talk therapy”) is a term for treatment techniques that can help you identify and manage troubling emotions, thoughts, and behavior.
Psychotherapy can take place in a one-on-one meeting with you and a licensed mental health professional.