New study by the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, just published:
Antidepressants rapidly alter brain architecture
To have your brain permanently rewired? No problem, just take those pills mentioned in the article!
The rapid connectivity shifts noted by the study might therefore be precursors to longer-term changes, perhaps starting with remodeling of synapses, the microscopic gaps where chemical neurotransmitters such as serotonin flood across to an adjacent brain cell, the study suggests.
The concentrated on the Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor class of anti-depressants. Interestingly, some of the most severe (long lasting and dangerous) withdrawal symptoms are reported to be associated with the Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake inhibitor, or SNRI.
Venlafaxine and Serious Withdrawal Symptoms: Warning to Drivers