SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor)

A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, usually shortened to SSRI, is a drug used to treat a variety of mental health issues, mainly depression. SSRIs, when administered, block serotonin from departing the central nervous system, effectively raising levels of serotonin in the brain. Higher levels of serotonin can elevate people’s moods, helping them feel better while allowing them to manage and overcome symptoms of depression. SSRIs are typically more effective when they are combined with therapy. Some of the most common examples of SSRis include Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro. In addition to depression treatment, SSRIs can also be used to treat certain types of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder, or SAD.