Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction

Part 1: Starting Antidepressants
Chapter 1: Deciding Whether to Start an Antidepressant
Chapter 2: Do I Really Have a Mood Disorder?
Diagnosing Depression and Depression Type
Chapter 3: Changing the Depressed Brain:
How Antidepressants Work
Chapter 4: What Can I Expect When I Start Antidepressants?
Chapter 5: Are There Alternatives to Taking Antidepressants?

Part 2: Staying on Antidepressants
Chapter 6: Is This as Good as It Gets?
Chapter 7: How Safe are Antidepressants?
Chapter 8: Are Antidepressants Addictive?
Chapter 9: Overcoming Antidepressant Side Effects
Chapter 10: What if My Medicine Stops Working?
Chapter 11: Special Circumstances: Pregnancy, Moving and Traveling Overseas, Surgery and Inability to Afford Medications

Part 3: When and How Can I Stop Antidepressants
Chapter 12: How to Decide When to Stop Taking Your Antidepressant?
Chapter 13: How to Safely Taper Off Your Antidepressant
Chapter 14: Life after Antidepressants and Staying Medication Free

Conclusion: Two Years Later...

Special Section: Antidepressants for Children and Adolescents

Appendixes
  1. Past Medication History Form
  2. Mood Disorders Questionnaire
  3. Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
  4. Starting Dosing Characteristics of Most Commonly Prescribed Antidepressants
  5. Commonly Prescribed Antidepressants by Side-Effect Risk
  6. Successfully Tapering Antidepressants Rating Test (START)
  7. Dosing Formulations and Discontinuation Characteristics of the Most Common Antidepressants
  8. Table Dosing Formulations and Discontinuation Characteristics of Less-Common Antidepressants
  9. Common Antidepressants that can be Safely Cut
  10. Sample Mood Diary

Abbreviations
Glossary
Resources
Index