Surprise finding on SSRIs and cognition

New research may lead to a change in clinical practice

Long-term treatment with antidepressants can delay progression of Alzheimer’s disease by three years in patients with mild cognitive impairment, according to surprise findings from a US study.

warding off dementia

But only SSRIs do the trick, say the authors, who analysed data from 755 patients with mild cognitive impairment.

Their findings contradict previous work that found all antidepressants are associated with increased dementia risk.

The authors write in the American Journal of Psychiatry that previously depressed older people prescribed SSRIs for more