SSRIs only raise one chemical in the brain: serotonin. MAOIs raise serotonin and also dopamine. Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter responisble for drive, motivation, and pleasure in the brain. When serotonin is raised, dopamine is usually lowered.....this is why SSRIs have negative side effects such as apathy, low motivation, and sexual dysfunction. MAOIs have a lower risk of causing such side effects, and much better/more effective antidepressant ability.
--A good thing to do before your appointment is to get online and find a list of the foods to avoid. Specific foods and OTC medications (cough syrup/decongestants) need to be avoided while on MAOIs, if you eat them you will have a hypertensive crisis. Show the list to your doctor, and show him that you are completely familiar with all the interactions and prepared to take the proper precautions. You have a much better chance of getting an MAOI if your doctor knows he/she can trust you to be safe while on the MAOI. Then they won't have to worry about doctor liabilty/insurance and all that stuff.
Because I know that here today, the Black Knights,..... will emerge victorious, once again.