Antidepressants are the drugs used to treat person suffering from mental depression. They work to balance some of the natural chemicals in our brains. Antidepressants may cause mild side effects that usually do not last long. These may include headache, nausea, sleep problems, restlessness, and sexual problems.
Antidepressants can make depression worse rather than better for some people, leading to an increased risk of suicide, hostility, and even homicidal behavior. While this is particularly true of children and young adults on antidepressant medication, anyone taking antidepressants should be closely watched for suicidal and hostile thoughts and behaviors. Monitoring is especially important if this is the person’s first time on depression medication or if the dose has recently been changed.