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How SSRI Medications Treat Depression and Anxiety

Kortney Jones ARNP

SSRIs are a class of antidepressant medications used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions. Some common examples include Zoloft and Celexa.  They work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain by inhibiting its reuptake, leading to improved mood and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a critical role in regulating mood, appetite, sleep, and other bodily functions. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and anxiety disorders.

SSRIs work by blocking the reuptake of serotonin in the brain, increasing the amount of serotonin available to bind to receptors and transmit signals. This results in improved mood and a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety.

SSRIs are generally well-tolerated and have few side effects compared to other antidepressant medications. Common side effects include nausea, headache, and sexual dysfunction.

SSRIs are typically prescribed by a doctor or mental health professional.   They are usually taken once a day, and it may take several weeks to notice an improvement in symptoms.

In summary, SSRIs are a class of antidepressant medications that work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain by inhibiting its reuptake. They are commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorders and are generally well-tolerated with few side effects.



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Kortney Jones, ARNP Kortney Jones, ARNP Kortney Jones is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She provides ob-gyn services including birth control, pregnancy and prenatal care, and infertility as well as gynecological services such as women’s health and wellness, abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, pellet hormone therapy, and menopause.

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