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antidepressants and cogntive ability

Posted by Matt on June 14, 1998, at 0:55:40

Is there any reason to think that the SSRI's or some of the newer antidepressants (in particular Serzone or Effexor) can interfere with one's ability to think abstractly and critically? I'm currently finishing my Ph.D. in the humanities, and I've been looking for a medication for my anxiety and depression. I'm about to try Serzone, and I've been on Prozac before. I know that unlike Prozac and the other SSRI's, Serzone binds to postsynaptic neuroreceptors. The fact that a drug binds to the presynaptic receptors concerns me in itself, but I'm even more concerned about the postsynaptic binding. Do I have to worry about Serzone (or any other antidepressant) affecting my ability to think as I need to be able to think to do high-level work in the humanities? How operative is Serzone (or other antidepressants) in the frontal cortex?

Thank you,





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