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what is an anti-psychotic compared to an anti-depressant?

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Dr. Emily Lu
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Family Medicine 7 years experience
Mechanisms & uses: Anti-psychotics are used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and adjunctively, depression. Typical antipsychotics affect dopamine, atypical, both Dopamine and serotonin or only partially, dopamine. Anti-depressants prolong the action of serotonin(sri's) and sometimes norepinephrine (nri's) in your body or both (snri's). They help alleviate depression, anxiety, ocd, a chronic pain(cymbalta).
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Anti psychotic : R used to treat psychosis and can be used as mood stabilizer , antidepressant r used to treat depression . Their content and potential side effect r different.

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Do antidepressants help stop the effects of my premenstrual syndrome?

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Yes, they can.: Certain antidepressants [that build up serotonin] can help your pms. You need to try them for at least 2 periods before you decide it doesn't work for you. Good luck.
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What is the best anti-depressant medication in your opinion?

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Do antidepressants also help depressed people feel less anxious?

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Yes: Many antidepressants can also help with anxiety.
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What will happen to me if I forgot to take my antidepressants one day?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Varies with the med.: The most important factor is what medication you are taking. Some are more prone to withdrawal symptoms than others. Venlafaxine may have issues even with one dose skipped. Paroxetine is a close second. Others cluster closely with each other. Buproprion is generally less likely than others to be a problem. Individual exceptions occur so psychiatric meds should all be stopped gradually to be safe.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the most recommended anti-depressant available for recurring episodes of depression?

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None: None of the anti depressants are considered the best. The best choice for you is the one that has worked in the past. If none have been successful, see a specialist for better suggestions. If you have had multiple recurring episodes you may need to consider long term therapy.

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