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Benzos versus SSRis

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Discuss the use of SSRI medications for the treatment of general anxiety disorder (GAD). If you were a psychologist or counselor who could prescribe psychotropic medications, would you choose SSR'Is or benzodiazepines to treat GAD in particular? Explain your choice.

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Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects a variety of psychological and physiological functions. It is a neurotransmitter released in the brain.
It also affects digestive system. It is believed to have its effects on cardiovascular system, muscles, endocrine system, regulating mood, sexual desire and functions, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and human social behavior.
Research in biology and neurology has shown that imbalance in the neurotransmitter affects mood which may be a cause for individuals feeling depressed.

Blood levels of serotonin are indicative of depression in people. The newer anti depressant medications that are manufactured, therefore, to target the serotonin in the body's system. That is why SSRIs are named as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Selective serotonin release reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of anti depressant medication that affect the release of ...

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Benzos versus SSRIs are discussed briefly based on their side effects based on their use in psychological treatment.

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