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Do you think drug addiction is a mental illness treatable with ssri's?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

It is absolutely a disease with well documented brain abnormalities.
Not only have ssris not helped (unless co-occurring anxiety or depression ) but some studies show increased usage when patients are given these agents.

In brief: Yes and no

It is absolutely a disease with well documented brain abnormalities.
Not only have ssris not helped (unless co-occurring anxiety or depression ) but some studies show increased usage when patients are given these agents.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Is a mental illness

Drug addiction lowers the Dopamine receptors and alters brain reward pathways - structural changes start happening - the judgment, memory, learning ability physically change - like dried up pond so ssri which is like a dam to prevent loss will not work - check this place to learn more - http://learn.
Genetics.Utah.Edu/content/addiction/drugs/.

In brief: Is a mental illness

Drug addiction lowers the Dopamine receptors and alters brain reward pathways - structural changes start happening - the judgment, memory, learning ability physically change - like dried up pond so ssri which is like a dam to prevent loss will not work - check this place to learn more - http://learn.
Genetics.Utah.Edu/content/addiction/drugs/.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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