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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Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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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