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Social Anxiety Disorder Linked to High Serotonin Levels, Throwing Treatment with SSRIs into Serious Question

Social Anxiety Disorder

Story at-a-glance -

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) drugs work by making more serotonin available for use in your brain, which is thought to improve your mood
  • Low serotonin has been the prevailing theory for explaining social anxiety, hence SSRIs are typically prescribed for this disorder
  • New research shows patients with social phobia produce too much serotonin in the amygdala—a brain region associated with primitive emotions like fear. Hence increasing serotonin increases anxiety

By Dr. Mercola

Depression and other mental health problems are at epidemic levels judging by the number of antidepressants prescribed each year.


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