Drug Treatment for Depression

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where carried out?
in the community as people with depression are rarely hospitalised unless they are a major threat to themselves or others
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how do SSRIs work
increase serotonin levels in the brain
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example of an SSRI
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side effects of SSRIs
fatigue, headaches, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, weight fluctuations
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atypical antidepressants
form of SSRIs that target invididual monoamines
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how do MAOIs work?
prevent the breakdown of monoamines
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why should MAOIs be used as a last resort?
because they have extreme side effects
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will experience withdrawal if stop taking them abruptly so must be gradually reduced. withdrawal symptms: insomnia, aches and pains, crying spells
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STRENGTH: prescribing them
easy, quick and cheap to prescribe
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STRENGTH: research
constantly doing research to improve antidepressants and to reduce side effects
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STRENGTH: in conjunction..
can be used as well as other treatments in order to temporarily boost mood so that treatments like CBT can take place which will cure the depression
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psychologists say that anti-depressants don't cure symptoms they just mask them
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WEAKNESS: stop taking
easy to stop taking whereas if you want to stop doing other treatments e.g. CBT must agree with your therapist which is harder because is face to face
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WEAKNESS: over prescribed
over prescribed for ease of the doctor even when other treatments may be more beneficial to the patient
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