Comparison of SSRI and SNRI on Their Effects ofRelieving Major Anxiety

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Yushan Li


Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), social anxiety disorder, and phobia- related disorders are the most common group of mental disorders in the U.S. Anxiety disorders are treated with psychological therapy and pharmacotherapy. Pharmacotherapy includes first-line drug selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as well as second or third-line drug serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Both have the potential to induce adverse effects and can lead to similar withdrawal symptoms due to their effects on neurotransmitters and serotonin levels (Gupta et al., 2021). However, SSRI is widely considered to be the first choice for anxiety disorder therapy in comparison to SNRI because of its recent developments.

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Yushan Li, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Hi, my name is Yushan Li, and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Illinois, majoring in Bioengineering and hoping to transfer to Molecular and Cellular Biology. I am currently working in Roger Adams Laboratory where I researched about optogenetics and cell imaging. Outside lab, I
enjoy doing origami tessellation, digital drawing, collecting instant ramen lids, and playing 2048 game (personal record: 16384 tiles). After undergrad, I plan to conduct research in graduate school.