Why Is Mechanism of Action Important in Antidepressant Treatment?

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Antidepressants are one of the most common treatment strategies for patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). However, antidepressant medications have different mechanisms of action that can theoretically and in practice affect how patients respond. Clinicians should assess their patients’ symptoms and response to medication at every visit to determine whether or not the treatment is fully effective. Here, follow the case of Maria, a 42-year-old teacher who is experiencing her first depressive episode.

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J Clin Psychiatry 2016;77(5):e603

https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.14052cc3c