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Re: selegiline, dopamine, social anxiety

Posted by Rick on July 18, 2000, at 21:31:48

In reply to selegiline, dopamine, social anxiety, posted by AndrewB on July 18, 2000, at 9:12:56

> All in all, social anxiety seems to be poorly understood; biochemical abnormalities in the GABA, serotonergic, andrenergic and dopaminergic neurotransmitter systems have been suggested.

It is pretty poorly understood, isn't it? I'm beginning to feel that it's an extremely heterogenous disorder. The specific symptoms seem to vary so much by person, even if there are certain commonalities. Could this reflect a wide variation in chemical triggers by person? As far as the "nurture" side of social anxiety etiology, I have been seeing some interesting recent studies in Medline that actually seem to be showing some convergence, for a change! That's good to see.

> One more note on selegiline. One study indicated that low dose selegiline was effective for ADD. This study showed a response rate of 60%, comparable to that of stimulants. A poster on another board claimed it improved his ADD symptoms when used with Adderall.

Based on my own reaction to selegiline, it's not hard to believe that it could help in ADD.

Thanks for sharing lots of interesting observations!





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