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Are there different types of antidepressants for particular types of depression?
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Dr. Paul Schwartz
Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes
Melancholic depression responds best to tricyclic antidepressants (ads).
Atypical depression responds best to monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Bipolar depression responds best to various combinations of atypical antipsychotics +/- ads. Winter depression responds best to light treatment. Psychotic depression requires an antipsychotic + ads. Psychotherapy is best for mild to moderate depressions.

In brief: Yes
Melancholic depression responds best to tricyclic antidepressants (ads).
Atypical depression responds best to monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Bipolar depression responds best to various combinations of atypical antipsychotics +/- ads. Winter depression responds best to light treatment. Psychotic depression requires an antipsychotic + ads. Psychotherapy is best for mild to moderate depressions.
Dr. Paul Schwartz
Dr. Paul Schwartz
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In brief: No
Most antidepressants treat depression but differ in their side effects.
Your symptoms and the medication side effects will help your doctor decide on which antidepressant will be best suited for you.

In brief: No
Most antidepressants treat depression but differ in their side effects.
Your symptoms and the medication side effects will help your doctor decide on which antidepressant will be best suited for you.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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