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Depression board

MAOI's are rarely prescribed because they have very strict dietary requirements. SSRI's like prozac, zoloft, paxil or SNRI's like cymbalt and effexor are not MAOI's so that is one of the reasons they are usually the first choices for antidepressants nowadays.

As for the paradoxal effects antidepressants can have on a person's mood, it really depends on the person. Some times these drugs work, some times they don't and some times they make things much worse.

The reality is, that no matter how many doctors and drug companies try to hide it, they really don't know why these drugs work in the first place. Or, if you believe some of the analysis of the placebo controlled studies, that they actually work at all.

All that talk about chemical imbalances is scientific theory not scientific fact. There isn't a test out there that can measure norepinephrine, serotonin or dopamine and tell you it's too low, too high or just right. Because SSRI's increase serotonin and some people then feel better they have concluded that they felt bad because of low serotonin.