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What are the benefits as well as the limitations and/or risks associated with the...

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anythingbutteri | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM via web

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What are the benefits as well as the limitations and/or risks associated with the legitimate therapeutic use of SSRIs and other antidepressant drugs?

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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted July 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM (Answer #1)

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SSRI's prevent the re uptake of serotonin and thus flood the brain with more serotonin than normal. The risks of using SSRI's include dependency, addiction, harsh withdrawal symptoms and a physiological/immunological rejection of the substance by the body. In clinical studies, significant numbers of people experienced dizziness, fatigue and increased mood swings when taken the drug after a period of three to six months.  This seems to suggest that SSRI's may be habit-forming and that the body comes to depend upon them for everyday functioning. An extremely small percentage of clinical testers experienced immunological responses, leading to seizures, and/or stroke-like symptoms. 

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