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What are antidepressants?

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These drugs are used to treat depression. Antidepressants are not addictive. They do not make you "high," make you feel "dopey," change personality, or produce cravings for more.  They are used to take away symptoms of depression such as sad mood, poor concentration, trouble sleeping or concentrating, and feelings of hopelessness.  Most antidepressants take at least several weeks to have an effect, and sometimes it may be necessary to try two or more medications before finding a regimen that's helpful for a given person's unique make-up.