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Do antidepressants work for everyone?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matt Pflieger
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

When someone does have depression and it is thought that medicine would be the right treatment, then we try to tailor the medicine to what symptoms the patient has.
However, every person is going to react to medicine differently and often we need to try several different antidepressants until we find the most appropriate one.

In brief: No

When someone does have depression and it is thought that medicine would be the right treatment, then we try to tailor the medicine to what symptoms the patient has.
However, every person is going to react to medicine differently and often we need to try several different antidepressants until we find the most appropriate one.
Dr. Matt Pflieger
Dr. Matt Pflieger
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Roughly 2 out of 3 people with the specific illness major depressive disorder (mdd) will respond to the first antidepressant they are treated with though this does not mean that all of their symptoms will resolve.
Not all depression is mdd. The more severe the mdd is the more likely it is to respond to an antidepressant. Roughly 90% of people with mdd will partially respond to a medicine.

In brief: No

Roughly 2 out of 3 people with the specific illness major depressive disorder (mdd) will respond to the first antidepressant they are treated with though this does not mean that all of their symptoms will resolve.
Not all depression is mdd. The more severe the mdd is the more likely it is to respond to an antidepressant. Roughly 90% of people with mdd will partially respond to a medicine.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine

In brief: No

An answer to a broad question like that will of course be no as nothing will truly work for everyone.
However, i would say that if one is diagnosed with true depressive disorder then considering an antidepressant with therapy would be a wise place to start. Most antidepressants like ssris take about 1-2 weeks to begin to see results and about 4-6 weeks to truly see full results at current dose.

In brief: No

An answer to a broad question like that will of course be no as nothing will truly work for everyone.
However, i would say that if one is diagnosed with true depressive disorder then considering an antidepressant with therapy would be a wise place to start. Most antidepressants like ssris take about 1-2 weeks to begin to see results and about 4-6 weeks to truly see full results at current dose.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Victor Nwanguma
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: No

Antidepressant are use for many different reasons, most commonly to treat depression.
For most people, antidepressants will help/improve their depression, unfortunately not everyone will benefit from them.

In brief: No

Antidepressant are use for many different reasons, most commonly to treat depression.
For most people, antidepressants will help/improve their depression, unfortunately not everyone will benefit from them.
Dr. Victor Nwanguma
Dr. Victor Nwanguma
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice

In brief: No

Antidepressants do not work for everyone and even when they work at the beginning of treatment, they may not continue to work.

In brief: No

Antidepressants do not work for everyone and even when they work at the beginning of treatment, they may not continue to work.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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