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Why antipsychotics for Depression, Panic, OCD...?

Posted by Skeletor on March 30, 2020, at 16:54:08

What is the rationale behind prescribing antipsychotics for Depression, Panic, Anxiety and OCD?

There is a growing trend for antidepressant + antipsychotic combos. One does regularly read that patients get prescribed an SSRI and in addition they get some atypical antipsychotic. What is the goal of prescribing an antipsychotic to a person with Depression, Panic, Anxiety or OCD? Shouldn't it be last resort?

It's just that I am unsure about the anti-dopamine effects. It seems to me that one does not want that when having run-of-the-mill-depression.




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