An excerpt from Understanding Medicines for Anxiety. In addition to medicines with FDA indications for anxiety, such as benzodiazepines and some antidepressants, a number of drugs are frequently prescribed off-label. Among these are gabapentin and the related compound pregabalin, collectively known as gabapentinoids.  Their popularity is remarkable: gabapentin has been ...

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An excerpt from Understanding Medicines for Anxiety. Although the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are among the most widely prescribed medicines for depression, they also have a useful role to play in treating anxiety disorders. In this article, we will look at their benefits and limitations when used in this ...

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One of the aspects of depression that’s particularly difficult is the sleep disturbance which accompanies it and often continues after the traditional symptoms of depression have finally gotten better. When studied in the laboratory, the sleep of depressed person is short, shallow (with less deep slow-wave sleep), and frequently interrupted by awakenings. Additionally, there are abnormalities of the timing of rapid eye movement sleep and intensity of eye movements during ...

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Adapted from Understanding Antidepressants. In his often-quoted beginning of Anna Karenina, Tolstoy wrote, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."  If we stretch this notion a little -- going from families to individuals, and from unhappiness to depression -- we come up ...

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