Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. It affects approximately 1 in 10 people and is more common in women than men. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that depression costs the country $106 billion per year.

There are many treatments available for depression, but they all have their own set of risks and benefits. One of the most effective treatments is serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are prescribed to people with major depressive disorder (MDD). SSRIs can improve mood and may be helpful for specific symptoms such as fatigue, mania, and anxiety. However, they have a high potential for side effects, including an increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.