Treatment of Mood Disorders

Depression - Phases of Treatment for Major depression: acute, continuation, maintenance

Treatment

Antidepressent receptor affinity

Tricyclics

Heterocyclics

Newer agents (i.e. SSRIís)

anticholinergic (dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision)

High

Low

low

antihistaminergic (sedation, drowsiness, weight gain

High

Variable

low

antia adrenergic (orthostatic hypotension, dizziness)

High

High

low

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Mania and Bipolar Affective Disorder