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Antidepressant Medications

Sabella, Donna, PhD, MEd, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: September 2018 - Volume 118 - Issue 9 - p 52–59
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000544978.56301.f6
Mental Health Matters
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Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions. Many nurses will care for patients who have depression and may be receiving treatment. Treatment often includes the use of medications that affect mood. This article provides a brief overview of the history, indications for use, adverse effects, and nursing considerations regarding antidepressants. This is the second in a series of articles about medications used in the treatment of mental health disorders. For the first article in this series, see “Antipsychotic Medications,” June 2017.

This article in a series on the medications used to treat mental health disorders provides a brief overview of the indications for use, adverse effects, and nursing considerations related to antidepressants, including issues such as treatment-resistant depression, mono- versus combination therapy, and the possible connection between antidepressant use and suicide.

Donna Sabella is a psychiatric mental health NP and the Seedworks Endowed Associate Professor for Nursing and Social Justice, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also coordinates Mental Health Matters: The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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