(WZZM) - One in ten Americans are on anti-depressants. They take sometimes months to work, but Dr. Carlos Zarate a Neuroscientist with the National Institute of Health says a new drug can help patients within hours.
The drug targets a different area of the brain, "Instead of a couple of weeks, six weeks or eight weeks, we can accomplish the same thing in a couple of hours."
Typical anti-depressants target serotonin, a chemical that controls happiness. The new drug works on neurons that control mood. The side effects were minor like nausea and dizziness.
Doctors say more drug trials are needed.