Written for Internet Mental Health
The road to recovery from depression is long and, sadly, backwardly turning. The most effective treatment of this disease is the use of antidepressants. Some mysterious cause has brought about a chemical imbalance in the brain. This imbalance must be righted before one can feel well again. The use of antidepressants is not easy. They are not pills that simply cure a problem in a few days or weeks such as antibiotics. They are not pills that have virtually no side-effects like pills for high blood pressure. Antidepressants take time to take effect. In the early stages of their use they have various unpleasant side-effects.