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When you are feeling very down or always having depressive thoughts and emotions, your doctor or psychologist might suggest that you take antidepressants.

These medicines affect certain chemicals in the brain, which may reduce depressive problems. It usually takes between two to six weeks before antidepressants actually starts to work.


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Prof. dr. Jim van OsChair Division Neuroscience, Utrecht University Medical Centre. He is also Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Jim works at the interface of ‘hard’ brain science, health services research, art and subjective experiences of people with ‘lived experience’ in mental healthcare. 

Jim has been appearing on the Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of ‘most influential scientific minds of our time’ since 2014. In 2014 he published his book ‘Beyond DSM-5‘, and in 2016 the book ‘Good Mental Health Care’. 

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More information on specific antidepressants can be found at Medlineplus.gov (in English and Spanish).