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From the Ted Talk by Neil R. Jeyasingam: How do antidepressants work?

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Since then, we’ve developed a more nuanced view of how to treat depression— and of what causes it. Not everyone with depression responds to SSRIs like Prozac— some respond better to drugs that act on other _________________, or don't respond to medication at all. For many, a ___________ of psychotherapy and ______________ drugs is more effective than either alone. We’re also not sure why antidepressants work the way they do: they change monoamine levels within a few hours of taking the __________, but patients usually don’t feel the benefit until weeks later. And after they stop taking antidepressants, some patients never experience __________ again, while others relapse.

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  1. antidepressant
  2. medication
  3. depression
  4. combination
  5. neurotransmitters

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Since then, we’ve developed a more nuanced view of how to treat depression— and of what causes it. Not everyone with depression responds to SSRIs like Prozac— some respond better to drugs that act on other neurotransmitters, or don't respond to medication at all. For many, a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant drugs is more effective than either alone. We’re also not sure why antidepressants work the way they do: they change monoamine levels within a few hours of taking the medication, but patients usually don’t feel the benefit until weeks later. And after they stop taking antidepressants, some patients never experience depression again, while others relapse.

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