SSRI Spectrum of Therapeutic Action

The efficacy of SSRIs in the treatment of major depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder has clearly been demonstrated. In addition, data is accumulating on the therapeutic effects of SSRIs in conditions of obesity, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and trichotillomania. How can one class of medications work for such a seemingly diverse group of illnesses? Are these agents in fact nonspecific and work as a steroid might for a multitude of inflammatory conditions? Or alternatively, is there an underlying psychopathology, relating to 5-HT, that represents a common neurochemical theme among these conditions? Our methods of classification in psychiatry are clinical and descriptive and may relate poorly to actual brain function.

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Anxiety and Depression 101

Anxiety and Depression 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about. We have been discussing depression and anxiety and how different information that is out on the market only seems to target one particular cure for these two common conditions that seem to walk hand in hand.

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