Tag Archives: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor

Persistent genital arousal disorder

Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), originally called persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS) and also known as restless genital syndrome (ReGS or RGS), results in a spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal in women, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire. It was first documented by Dr. Sandra Leiblum and […]

How Psychotherapy Changes the Brain

By Serina Deen, MDMPH When I first see patients for evaluation, they often tell me that they’ve debated starting a “biological” treatment such as medication, versus a “psychological” treatment such as psychotherapy. I’m happy to report that as brain imaging technology advances, we’re finding that this distinction may be obsolete. Psychotherapy is also “biological” in […]

Dual reuptake inhibitors incur lower rates of tachyphylaxis than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: a retrospective study.

BACKGROUND: The notion that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be associated with higher relapse rates than other antidepressants during maintenance treatment (tachyphylaxis) has been discussed for years, but to date there is little or no empirical evidence confirming this phenomenon. In this study, we systematically assessed prior anti-depressant treatment history in a cohort of depressed patients […]

Antidepressants May Have Role in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Suggests

Research conducted by Yvette Sheline, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues and reported in Science Translational Medicine suggests that antidepressants might someday be a long-sought weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. After older mice genetically modeled to have Alzheimer’s disease were chronically given the SSRI antidepressant citalopram, it stopped the growth […]

schizophreniform psychosis

_ _ _ Schizoaffective disorder is characterized by significant mood symptoms, psychosis, and other symptoms of schizophrenia. It is differentiated from schizophrenia by occurrence of ≥ 1 episodes of depressive or manic symptoms. Schizoaffective disorder is considered when a psychotic patient also demonstrates mood symptoms. The diagnosis requires that significant mood symptoms (depressive or manic) […]

erectile dysfunction

_ _ Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to attain or sustain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse. Most erectile dysfunction is related to vascular, neurologic, psychologic, and hormonal disorders; drug use can also be a cause. Evaluation typically includes screening for underlying disorders and measuring testosterone levels. Treatment options include oral phosphodiesterase inhibitors or […]