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A 25-year-old female asked:

How can one drug, like zoloft, (sertraline) be prescribed for so many different conditions?-dep, anx, ocd, ptsd etc etc

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Dr. Arold Augustin
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Antidepressant : Nobody knows for sure how this type of medicine works. However, it is well known that the drug interacts with receptors in the brain and block serotonin reuptake in the synaptic cleft, making it more available . Therefore, it is conceivable that many mental illnesses that are affected by serotonin could benefit from one drug.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Brain chemistry: I agree with dr augustin. It does come down to neurotransmitters (brain chemistry). Many medications are also used off -label for conditions in addition to the normal "indications".

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