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Describe a particular antidepressant medication and explain its benefits and limitations...

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Describe a particular antidepressant medication and explain its benefits and limitations (including neurobiological considerations). Also, explain how a social worker would support a psychiatrist's recommendation to use the medication to a hesitant client despite its limitations.

Antidepressants:

Antidepressant medications include a range of chemicals that fall into categories like the serotonin-norepinpehrine reuptake inhibitors, serotonin antagonists and reuptake inhibitors, and tricyclics, often acting on serotonin and other neurotransmitters.

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Venlaxafine acts as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), allowing more of these two neurotransmitters to act within the brain. Its...

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Depression leads to feelings of sadness. It's thought that the mood disorder is influenced by lower than normal concentrations of certain neurotransmitters within the brain. Learn how antidepressants increase these feel-good neurotransmitters.


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