The Neuroscience Behind Addictions and SSRIs
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 16, Number 6, June 2018
Edmund M. Higgins, MD
Clinical associate professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. Co-author of The Neuroscience of Clinical Psychiatry: The Pathophysiology of Behavior and Mental Illness, 3rd ed. (Wolters Kluwer).
Dr. Higgins has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
If we think of the molecules (the endorphins or the opioids) as “keys” and the receptors on the neurons as “locks,” then one needs the right key in the lock to get the reward—to turn on the good feelings.