A stunning 157 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in 2005. For many Americans, they can be a lifesaver. But others complain that the drugs take the edge off their memory, concentration, creativity, and drive. Is this true? Are the wrong people getting medication? Are the wrong doctors prescribing it?

What you need to know before you get an Rx filled.
Note: Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. See your doctor if you are thinking about making any changes in your medication.


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