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Antidepressants: DEPENDENCE, WITHDRAWAL & ALTERNATIVES

Antidepressants are a class of prescription drugs that primarily used to treat different forms of depression and depressive disorders, but are often used to treat a wide range of mental health issues.
The “Antidepressant” class of drugs includes SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs, MAOIs, RIMAs, TeCAs, NaSSAs, and Bupropion (an NDRI drug).

What Are the Types of Antidepressant Medications?

Click on a type of antidepressant medication to learn more about the side effects, FAQs, and additional information and resources about the most commonly prescribed antidepressant medications in the United States. We include clinical information about the safety and dangers of starting or stopping the use of antidepressants, the risk of dependence and addiction, as well as information on what to expect from withdrawal and quitting these drugs naturally.

Antidepressant Medication FAQs

Each type of antidepressant medications will have its own unique properties, and there are at least seven “subclasses” to types of antidepressants that have different “mechanisms of action” (How do antidepressant medications work?). However, below are some frequently asked questions and educational information on the antidepressant class of medications in general?

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Are Antidepressants Highly Addictive?

Yes. The risk for dependency is present with all antidepressants, and any medication that you take long term. Your body can become physically dependent on antidepressants, and quitting “cold turkey” can cause withdrawal symptoms – symptoms that are characteristic of the traditional image of addiction.

Do Antidepressants Change Your Personality?

Yes. Not only have studies recorded evidence of a change in personality with antidepressant use, but your personality is constantly changing and evolving, along with your body and brain. Physicians who prescribe antidepressants are hoping that the chemical response in the brain will be a positive change, however the practice of pharmacotherapy for treating depression often involves ‘trial and error’ and dialing-in the correct dosage and type of antidepressant drug can take time.

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