All About Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). By Psychiatrist Robert D. McMullen, MD
Doctors often start by prescribing an SSRI. These medications generally cause fewer bothersome side effects and are less likely to cause problems at higher therapeutic doses than other types of antidepressants are. SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Lexapro).
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Don't you know that nutrition can address depression better then meds? If doctors were well trained in what actually affect the mood, the people who are said to be depressed might have a fighting chance. SSRIs should never be the first line of defense. Not even the second one. There are too many natural modalities that one should begin with. SSRIs cause an abnormal firing activity and lead to inflammation and even addictions. In fact, depression is often caused by low grade brain inflammation. This is why cannabis works so well (emphasis on CBD). We have an endocannabinoid system for a reason.. And there are no harmful side effects if used in the correct dose. Help depression while causing other symptos is NOT helping. Do you even check people's thyroid? Hormonal disturbances caused by hormonal disruptors should be investigated. Prescribing a SSRIs is no better then being a drug pusher. Seriously dude, a depressed mood is not caused by a lack of serotonin in the junction gap, it is caused by gut and immune system malfunctions.
+arron frederick Clearly you dont know what you are talking about. The problem with those chemicals is that they do so in a dangerous and unnatural manner. Diet will do the same thing but over a longer period and with no harmful side effects. Just in case you don't know, 80 to 90% of serotonin is made in the gut. What does that tell you? Must avoid sugar, processed and gluten, these all aggravate depression symptoms. Then up your fruits and veggies, good proteins and fiber. That is a good start. Then get some fresh air and do some physical activity. Walk or bike, whatever you like.
Hi Dr. McMullen, I was wondering if maybe you could do another video on SSRIs (maybe other antidepressants as well) in terms of which ones are relatively more "sedating" as opposed to "activating" (for example they say fluvoxamine and paroxetine are sedating, while fluoxetine and sertraline are activating). Also if you could relate this issue to bipolar disorder, if the sedating antidepressants are relatively safer to use than the activating ones, for people with bipolar (if used in addition to lithium, of course), i.e. more or less likely to cause 'manic switching'. Maybe more generally talk about who could benefit from a relatively more sedating vs. activating antidepressant. Thanks, Alex.
I had a psych who wanted me on 300 mg of Zoloft and yes they finally said I am Bi and was. Finally put on lithium but was on Zoloft 200 2weeks ago but as u know I should not have been on Z alone I want off Zoloft. !! Tks
Doc there are no studies on long term use at all as a article in the Wall Street journal 0 and it is a problem Also there was a study that 81 percent of depressed people who took a placebo were cured I would advise Listening to Joe dispenza on youtube and dove into his form of meditation Also no one really know how these meds work it is all theory Your a good doc keep the YouTube’s coming
All meds were meet to be short term not years,, Do you see the pain that people are in due to all sorts of side effects, withdrawels,, No one is positive how these meds work,, One thing is for sure Big Parm is running the show big time, And there is no way of knowing what mked will or won't work,, What does the Oath say ,, DO NO HARM,, can you honestly say you many, millons of people are suffering fro side effects, adiction ( benzos) and the list goes on,,, TMS, Biofeedback, diet, meditation, can we try that first before the big guns come out,, Yes there is a % of people who need the strong stuff,, And I am glad you suggest Lithium over the counter,,, Doc we got a serious problem in this country Way to many pills, and to many cures are being killed by big Pharm,,,thanks your a good man
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