Tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and antidepressants of atypical structure are used in a variety of psychiatric and nonpsychiatric disorders. The efficacy of antidepressant drugs in major depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, peptide ulcer disease, enuresis, chronic pain, migraine, bulimia, and attention deficit disorder is briefly reviewed. The rationale that led to each of these therapeutic applications is examined, and the possible mechanism of action is discussed in light of recent advances in neurobiologic research. It is concluded that improved understanding of antidepressant drugs' mechanisms of action may help elucidate the etiology of these disorders and yield more effective treatments.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Psychiatry|
|Issue number||10 II|
|State||Published - 1985|