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Unformatted text preview: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and effect on Suicide rates in Young Adults Background Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger that transmits signals between a nerve cell and another cell in the body, and is found in the brain, digestive tract and blood platelets. Since the level of Serotonin is believed to be correlated with mood such as anger, sleep and depression; serotonin is often the chemical of interest to doctors and pharmaceutical companies studying depression. (1) Although still disputed, it is hypothesized that a low level of serotonin is associated with depression. (Lacasse, Leo, 2005) Other, although not covered in this report but notable neurotransmitters that are associated with depression include Dopamine and Noradrenaline. A commercial drug that uses SSRIs is Prozac, while the active ingredient in Prozac is fluoxetine. Fluoxetine works by solely blocking the reuptake of serotonin by neurons, leaving more Serotonin available in the brain, hence the name Selective Serotonin Reuptake...
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