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SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are approved to treat several conditions of the brain, such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The medications may also be prescribed off-label to treat a number of conditions, including alcoholism, personality disorders, and eating disorders. Because it can take several weeks to notice the full beneficial effects of SSRIs, it is important to give the medication a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
SSRI Effects: An OverviewSSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants are a class of prescription medications used to treat several conditions of the brain. Although SSRIs were originally used for treating depression, many are now approved to treat other conditions as well. SSRIs are approved and are effective for treating the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Social anxiety disorder.