|A class of drugs licensed to treat depression, increasingly used also for other health concerns.|
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of pharmaceutical which affects neurotransmitters (i.e. brain chemistry). They are widely prescribed, in USA specially, to treat depression. Popular brand names include Prozac.
In USA, SSRIs are increasingly prescribed for a range of health concerns. Perhaps 25-60% of SSRIs prescriptions are for drug dependence, "ADHD", Anxiety disorders, Autism (in children), Bipolar disorder, Eating disorders, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic pain, Obsessive-compulsive disorder and Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. They clinical affect of other health conditions is a subject of ongoing research.
SSRIs have a complex and not well understood impact on people, with a wide range of responses. SSRI use is correlated with rate of convicted of offences from assault to murder as well as with suicide.
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