Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Another possibility: the PM's on drugs

Benzodiazepines are useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, agitation, seizures, and muscle spasms... Another use is to counteract anxiety-related symptoms upon initial use of SSRIs and other antidepressants, or as an adjunctive treatment...

Paradoxical reactions: Severe behavioral changes resulting from benzodiazepines have been reported including mania, schizophrenia, anger, impulsivity, and hypomania. Individuals with borderline personality disorder appear to have a greater risk of experiencing severe behavioral or psychiatric disturbances... Paradoxical rage reactions are thought to be due to partial deterioration from consciousness, generating automatic behaviors, fixation amnesia, and aggressiveness from inhibition.
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