Doctors for the first time may be giving menopausal women a reason to burst through walls and dance around with smiley faces. The New York Times reports that women are now being handed antidepressants to cool hot flashes.
No one brand of antidepressant has been approved for such uses as of yet, and the results are mixed. According to Dr. Shari Lusskin, director of reproductive psychiatry at the New York University Medical Center, "They are helpful for some women, but right now it’s impossible to predict for whom they will work...it offers an option for women who don’t want to take hormones. But we don’t know what long-term use of these drugs does to people who are not depressed.”
Hopefully the long-term use will have the effect of riding skateboards with friends on a hot summer day and sharing a delicious powdered drink that leaves funny red mustache stains.
Dr. Shari Lusskin's special medical interests include Reproductive Psychiatry; Psychopharmacology; Women's Mental Health; and psychiatric consultations for pregnant and breastfeeding women. She is the first Director of Reproductive Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center and NYU School of Medicine where she holds a joint appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.