Antidepressants: frequently asked questions

Adolescence and early adulthood is a time when much of life changes: it’s a time of discovering new interests and learning new skills, becoming more independent and forming new relationships, finishing school and starting a job or going on to further study. It’s an exciting time of life, however, it can also be a time when mental ill-health begins – 75 per cent of mental illnesses emerge before the age of 24 years.

This resource is for young people aged 12–25 and their family and friends. It is designed to answer common questions about antidepressant medication and may also help during conversations with your healthcare professional so that you can make informed choices about your treatment.