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Do antidepressants make you feel happy or just stop you from being sad?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine
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In brief: Depends

Usually patients that take these medicines tend to report that their symptoms decrease ie.
Less sadness, anger and anxiety than before. As a result they feel better and more functional. So they really help to stabilize your moods. And these medicines are mostly increasing serotonin in the brain because it is thought that patients have depression by not having enough serotonin in the brain.

In brief: Depends

Usually patients that take these medicines tend to report that their symptoms decrease ie.
Less sadness, anger and anxiety than before. As a result they feel better and more functional. So they really help to stabilize your moods. And these medicines are mostly increasing serotonin in the brain because it is thought that patients have depression by not having enough serotonin in the brain.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Dr. Kevin Considine
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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry

In brief: Also...

In other words, antidepressants do not directly induce happiness.

In brief: Also...

In other words, antidepressants do not directly induce happiness.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
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