Depression is a very serious illness and as with any serious medical condition, it should be addressed with a qualified professional. Modern pharmacology has provided us with several choices that may be incorporated into a treatment for depression. In one such treatment, SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, 25% of the individuals that take this medicine for 6 months or more experience a meaningful weight gain. This is an unfortunate side effect as weight gain may actually worsen an indviduals depression. Understanding the possibility of gaining weight at the outset will allow you to work with your physician in an attempt to neutralize or minimize this side effect.
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