Alec Baker, Psy.D.

Almost Instant Anti-Depressant

Almost Instant Anti-Depressant

In an age of instant gratification, a drug that can treat depression in a matter of hours does not seem like science fiction. Researchers at Northwestern University claim that such a drug exists and can help patients who don’t respond to traditional antidepressants. Although clinical trials are currently in progress, GLYX-13 won’t be available until at least 2016. While most patients expect at least a two week time frame for current antidepressants to take effect, GLYX-13 targets receptors for a chemical called NMDA, and positive results are noticeable within a few hours. Scientists are hopeful that GLYX-13 may also be instrumental in treating other neurological issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer’s.

Read the entire article here: Cheer Up! New Drug May Treat Depression in Just a Few Hours

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