About one in ten Americans takes an antidepressants, but that number skyrockets to one in four for women in their 40s and 50s, according to the New York Times.
If you are one of them, then you know that taking a pill for anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders is sometimes an iffy proposition. Many times the medication takes weeks to kick in, leaving you struggling with your sad feelings. Other times, there are side effects. And sometimes they just don't work for some people.
Faster-acting relief may be on the way. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine have discovered that a new chemical compound--already shown to have no side effects--can deliver its mood-changing effects in hours rather than weeks. The compound, called CGP3466B, targets a new system of proteins in the brain than previous ones, which tended to target the neurotransmitter serotonin in an effort to raise its levels. (People with depression and anxiety are thought to have low levels of serotonin.)
So far CGP3466B's new role as antidepressant has only been tested on mice, but the results have astonished the scientists, who hope the compound leads to a new class of drugs for those suffering from mood disorders. But scientists DO know that the chemical compound is safe for humans, since it was tested on Parkinson's patients, though didn't relieve symptoms. And that's good news.
And even though it will be a couple of years before CGP3466B can be tested on people as an antidepressant, the fact that there is a new one on the horizon is also good news.
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