Depression: What You Can Do

We've come a long way from Freud's couch. The big breakthrough arrived in the late 1980s with the advent of safer and more widely effective drugs, like Prozac. According to Dr. Bruce Cohen of Harvard's McLean Hospital, we're on the cusp of a new era in treatment as the search for a single magic pill for depression gives way to a broad spectrum of therapies.


TODAY'S TREATMENTS Most antidepressants work by tweaking levels of various neurotransmitters, the chemicals that carry signals from one neuron to another. Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and the other SSRIs slow the absorption of serotonin. Effective antidepressants...

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