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Psychopharmacology and Psychiatry Updates

May 31, 2019

Here is a summary of this episode:

  • The 5-HT1A receptor is responsible for passive coping with stress, anxiolytic, anti-anxiety and anti-aggression effects.
  • The 5-HT2A receptor is responsible for more active coping, cognitive flexibility, and creative thinking.
  • The 5-HT2A receptor is the most abundant serotonin receptor...

May 16, 2019

Today’s question is: What if You Can’t Use An SSRI in GAD?

Here is a summary of this episode:

  • The first-line alternatives to SSRIs in GAD are SNRIs, buspirone, hydroxyzine, pregabalin, and bupropion.
  • Benzodiazepines are not recommended first-line agents for GAD due to their prominent side effect profile.

May 3, 2019

Today’s question is: How to approach a case of generalized anxiety disorder?

Here is a summary of this episode:

  • GAD is a disorder of chronic, excessive worrying. Ensure you have the correct diagnosis according to DSM-5.
  • For patients with bipolar depression, do not use an antidepressant. Instead, you may use...