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Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Atypical Antidepressants

Read more about Atypical Antidepressants.


Atypical antidepressants affect the concentration of serotonin and can be effective in treating GAD.

Effect of Atypical Antidepressants on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Some atypical antidepressants have been used effectively for the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Four to six weeks after beginning treatment is when improvement might be seen.

Common names include:

Side Effects and Warnings

Possible side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Risk of severe mood and behavior changes
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors (Young adults may be at a higher risk for this side effect.)