The Controversial Effects of SSRIsCreated by:
SSRIs ( Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors ) have been believed for long time to play an extremely important rule as antidepressants and anxiolytics. SSRIs work by preventing the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This makes more serotonin available for use in your brain, which was thought to improve the mood.
Most people have heard of the "chemical imbalance" theory, which states that depression and anxiety disorders are due to disturbed levels of neurotransmitters in the brain such as, in many cases, low serotonin levels. Most believe this theory to be true. But the theory was just that a theory. It sounds scientific, but there was actually no hard evidence behind it.
Surprisingly, More than 25 million Americans report suffering from social anxiety disorder, which makes them feel embarrassed or severely uncomfortable in public situations. Moreover, SSRIs have been found to increase the fragility of bones causing more fractures among the patients depending on SSRIs for long time
Studies in the past have showed that increased nerve activity in the amygdala is part of the underlying mechanism that results in anxiety. Basically, those with social phobia have an hyperactive fear center. These new findings provide additional information, suggesting increased serotonin production in the brain may be part of this mechanism.
Either way, when it comes to treating this anxiety disorder, increasing serotonin in your brain with an SSRI will not soothe your anxiety. It will increase it, making SSRIs a questionable treatment option.