Modern psychiatry is an alphabet soup of acronyms. Sometimes it seems like there are almost as many as there are drugs. This can be confusing. So, here's a quick guide to what they really mean.
Please add any of your own in the comments!
SSRI - Sexual Stimulation Required Increased(*)Also, Suicides? Suppress Report Immediately!(*)Also, Stopped Suddenly - Regret Imminent?(*)
- No Real Impact?(*)Also, Nix Relevant Information(*)
NASSA (mirtazapine) - Never Again Slim; Sleep Alot.(*)Also, Nighttime, And Strange Sights Abound(*)
TCA - The Classic Antidepressants(*)Also, Toxicity - Cardiac Arrests(*)
Effective, Cheap Treatment(*)Also Erases Childhood Thoughts?(*)
VNS - Very Nebulous Science(*)Also, Very New Snakeoil?
fMRI - Future Marketable Research Initiative(*)Disclaimer - The digs at SSRIs are probably unfair: in my experience, the withdrawal symptoms are mild and I think the claimed link to suicide is most likely a myth. But it's funny.