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Do antidepressants cause dyslexia or make it worse ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Hard to say: Anti-depressants do enter the brain tissue and effect the messages between cells. If a person finds they think less clearly on an anti-depressant, that can certainly be a recognized side effect. I am not aware that it turns someone with normal word decoding skills into one with dyslexia. However, any decline in processing speed on the drug could aggravate an existing learning problem.
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