Reassessing Medication’s role in anxiety

A study by Frick, et al. recently revealed that individuals with social anxiety experience increased levels of Serotonin in the brain, evidence that runs contrary to current understandings and treatment of anxiety.

Traditionally, individuals who report for anxiety issues and request medication are often given SSRI’s, drugs which (through a complicated process) increase the brain’s production of Serotonin. This treatment has been common for decades, and operated on the belief that *less* Serotonin in the brain was the issue for individuals with anxiety, not more.

The data from this research could launch a whole new exploration of the neurochemistry at play, and indeed, change how we medicate for anxiety issues.

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