Ssri 's And Snri 's Efficacy Rates Essay

1163 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
SSRI’s and SNRI’s Efficacy Rates in Treating MDD Amongst Different Age Groups Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S and is considered among the most burdensome diseases in the world. Major Depressive Disorders affects many different age groups ranging from children to the elderly population. A principal symptom of depression is anhedonia, which consists of a lack of interest or pleasure in usual daily activities that would typically be enjoyable. Many depressed individuals exhibit a diminished tendency to experience positive emotions, even in the presence of normally constructive stimuli. (Khazanov & Ruscio, 2016) According to Garland, Kutcher, Virani, & Elbe (2016) the question to whether SSRIs or SNRI’s are effective and safe for the treatment of MDD in younger children and/or adolescents arose. A position paper was published on behalf of Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CACAP) in order to help clinicians understand available evidence. On the other hand, studies on the elderly are commonly excluded from research, as age alters the symptoms and comorbidity. Approaching depression in the elderly is far from easy; however, it should never be ignored. The use of antidepressants in the elderly includes some risks. However the benefits outweigh the risks. If left untreated or inadequately treated depression is more dangerous and can lead to other adverse health outcomes such as malnutrition, poor…

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