Along with counseling, antidepressants are a common part of treatment for depression. And they are usually effective. Six out of 10 people treated with antidepressants feel better with the first one they try. If the first antidepressant medication doesn’t help, the second or third often will. Most people eventually find one that works for them. Yet many people who could benefit from an antidepressant never try one, often because of fears and misconceptions about them, experts say.

Here are eight common fears about antidepressants. In following posts facts will be provided to get a handle on these fears:

Fear: Antidepressants make you forget your problems rather than deal with them.

Fear: Antidepressants change your personality or turn you into a zombie.

Fear: Taking an antidepressant will make me gain weight.

Fear: If I start taking antidepressants, I’ll have to take them for the rest of my life.

Fear: Antidepressants will destroy my sex life.

Fear: Antidepressants are expensive and aren’t covered by insurance.

Fear: Taking an antidepressant is a sign of weakness.

Fear: Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.