Anxiety Depression Treatment

Antidepressants and non-melancholic depression

Some of the newer antidepressants (especially the Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) seem to be equally as effective as the older first-generation antidepressants, may be more readily tolerated in terms of side-effects than the first generation antidepressants and may have beneficial effects beyond treating the depression, for example by decreasing worrying, brooding and irritability.

People with an anxious worrier personality style commonly state that the SSRIs induce a sense of detachment from their problems. The problems are still there, but instead are viewed as if by a non-worrier, so that the individual feels that they are swimming rather than sinking. This means that patients worry developing into a depression. If the patient is already depressed, SSRIs may make the depressive episodes briefer and more manageable. The SSRIs also seem to help a significant percentage of those who externalize their anxiety with bursts of irritability.

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