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Do antidepressants change your personality or turn you into a zombie?

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When taken correctly, antidepressants will not change your personality. They will help you feel like yourself again and return to your previous level of functioning. (If a person who isn’t depressed takes antidepressants, they do not improve that person’s mood or functioning - it's not a "happy pill.".) Rarely, people experience apathy or loss of emotions while on certain antidepressants. When this happens, lowering the dose or switching to a different antidepressant may help.

SOURCES:

Stone, M. , Aug. 11, 2009. British Medical Journal

Milane, M. , 3(6): e220. PLoS Medicine

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Antidepressant Medicines - A Guide for Adults With Depression.”

Columbia University Health Services: “Medications.”

University of Michigan: “Depressive Disorders.”

Columbia University Health Services: “Medications.”

University of Southern California: “Antidepressants: Are They Zapping Your Sex Life?”

University of Puget Sound.

Kate Muller, PsyD, associate director, Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, PC, Allentown, Pa.

PrimaryPsychiatry.com: "Remission of Depression: How Effective are Antidepressants?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Stone, M. , Aug. 11, 2009. British Medical Journal

Milane, M. , 3(6): e220. PLoS Medicine

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Antidepressant Medicines - A Guide for Adults With Depression.”

Columbia University Health Services: “Medications.”

University of Michigan: “Depressive Disorders.”

Columbia University Health Services: “Medications.”

University of Southern California: “Antidepressants: Are They Zapping Your Sex Life?”

University of Puget Sound.

Kate Muller, PsyD, associate director, Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, PC, Allentown, Pa.

PrimaryPsychiatry.com: "Remission of Depression: How Effective are Antidepressants?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 27, 2019

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