Quote: Originally posted by brent_mr2 Spaceman, I've been reading Dr. William Glasser's new book (came out in April of this year) and it's really interesting. He's been a Psychiatrist since the 50s and has never believed in medications. He believes that all mental illnesses are caused by various degrees of unhappiness. This is true for some people, and I emphasize some, however, there are others who do need medication for depression. There are three main classes of anti-depressants, tricyclics, MAOIs, and SSRIs. A lot of people have an increased uptake of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can cause depression. The newer medications out today are called SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These keep more neurotransmitters(serotonin) in the synapses, and have little effect on the other neurotransmitters, thus the fewer side effects. IMO, and the opinion of a multitude of other healthcare workers, is that SSRIs are extremely helpful for a lot of people. One big myth is that medications are sort of a cop out, especially for men, but they help tremendously, and I can vouch for that from my own experience! Good luck!