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  • anonymous Asks ...

    If I am not depressed and I take an antidepressant what will happen to me? Will I be happier?

  • Shannon Rice Says ...
    Shannon Rice

    I guess I am a little confused about why you would take an antidepressant if you were not depressed.  You would not be "happier" if you took one.  Antidepressants are used to balance brain chemistry.  So if your brain chemistry is already working properly, you will not get a benefit.  In fact, you could possibly have a reverse effect.  You could potentially feel depressed, sad, guilty or even suicidal.   You may also get some of the side effects of the medication such as feeling ill, dry mouth, weight increase/decrease, or sexual dysfunction.   It is not a good idea to "play" with medications, so only take them if they are prescribed by a physician.  


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