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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SELECTIVE SEROTONIN RE -UPTAKE INHIBITERS

The SSRI drugs are relatively new and work by blocking the breakdown of the body’s main ‘happy juice’ neurotransmitter, known as serotonin. If ever a drug was to have a holistic approach, this must be it.

This group is less sedative than its better-known rivals, the tricyclic antidepressants, and have fewer side effects. Fewer side effects does not mean side effect free and the group can cause quite severe symptoms and has been cited as the cause of marked and severe anorexia. If an antidepressant has to be used, this group is a good starting point but work as hard as you can to find alternative treatments.

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