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Antidepressants rapidly alter brain architecture, study finds
Antidepressants rapidly alter brain architecture, study finds

A single dose of a popular class of psychiatric drug used to treat depression can alter the brain’s architecture within hours, even though most patients usually don’t report improvement for weeks, a new study suggests. More than 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. use these drugs, which adjust the availability of a chemical transmitter in the brain, serotonin, by blocking the way it is reabsorbed. The so-called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, include Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Paxil and Zoloft.   ------------ FOR THE RECORD: A previous version of this post and a photograph identified Effexor as an SSRI category antidepressant. It is a serotonin-norepinephrine...

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