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Re: Effects of long term SSRI use... My Story...

Posted by SLS on April 19, 2009, at 7:04:05

In reply to Re: Effects of long term SSRI use... My Story... linkadge, posted by Garnet71 on April 18, 2009, at 20:32:01

> I meant late onset (as opposed to progressive)

Unfortunately, Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder ARE progressive diseases in that symptoms worsen over time. There are also what seem to be neurodegenerative processes that occur over the course of the illness, especially if left untreated. The brains of people who are affectively ill demonstrate differences in structure and tissue volume when compared to those of healthy people. It is a scary thing to consider, but the good news is that many of these brain areas recover upon effective treatment, and although there are residual cognitive differences that can be detected in psychometric examinations, very often the differences are not noticed by the patient.

- Scott




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