Understanding Antidepressants

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I figured it made sense to start a detailed discussion about psychotropic medications by beginning with antidepressants since they’re probably the most common.  Apparently, as of 2014 one in nine adults and one in six women are taking antidepressants.  I want to briefly discuss the four most commonly used types of antidepressants in New Zealand (SNRIs, SSRIs, MAOIs, and TCAs – you’ll get used to the acronyms, psychiatry is full of them) but first of all start with a brief and really impo ...

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Understanding the Basics of Psychotropic Medication

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I want to talk a little bit about psychotropic medications (any drugs used to treat psychiatric conditions or to affect our mind or mood) because there are a lot of people taking these drugs. While often doctors do their best to inform patients about these medications, the reality is that with the short duration of doctor’s appointments, and the fairly limited training that most GPs receive in psychological conditions, often this information is not as thorough as it could be.  I’ve met and ...

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