Antidepressants May Affect The Feelings of Love
Across the world, the number of people who consume antidepressants has grown considerably to even double in recent years. The same happens with the pills that promise to make you happy instantly. Try, however, not to fall prey to pharmaceutical business, since the common antidepressants may affect the feelings of love.
Businesses based on antidepressants are extremely profitable considering how many consumers these drugs have. That is why medicines that have nothing to do with depression are being prescribed for this purpose without being supported by a true scientific evidence.
Specialists point out that severe depression requires first of all a professional psychological support and then, if necessary, a proper medication.
How antidepressants work?
If you ask how antidepressants work, the theory is that they increase the concentration of one or more neurotransmitters that the nerves in the brain use to communicate with each other.
Neurotransmitters on which antidepressants act are norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. Classes of antidepressants are differentiated according to the neurotransmitters they influence.
Types of antidepressants
Certain neurotransmitters, such as the ones that have been mentioned above, are associated with depression.
You need to know that there are several types of antidepressants, including:
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – the first-line antidepressants, considered to be safer, in the notion that causes fewer side effects. This category includes both serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors, and norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors, the latter being associated with sexual side effects.
Tricyclic antidepressants are indicated for major depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They have side effects such as constipation and urinary disorders. They are prescribed only if the first treatment with SSRIs has been attempted, but therapy has not worked.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors are rarely prescribed drugs because they can have serious side effects. There are dietary precautions because they can interact with certain foods, such as cheese, pickles, and wine, because they can cause high blood pressure. Also, monoamine oxidase inhibitors can negatively intercat with other medicines, such as contraceptives and certain plant supplements.
Your doctor may recommend combining two antidepressants with different actions.
Antidepressants and risk of suicide
In some cases, children, adolescents, and young adults under 25 years of age may experience suicidal thoughts and strange behavior, especially in the first few weeks after antidepressant administration is started or when the dose of medication is altered.
Any person taking antidepressants should be kept under surveillance. Keep in mind that antidepressants reduce the risk of long-term suicide by improving mood.
How can you force antidepressants to work for you?
After you have gone to a specialist doctor and you have been prescribed antidepressants, it takes up to six weeks for the medicines to take effect, depending, of course, on the dosage of drugs.
Some antidepressants lead to side effects, which may improve with time. Among these side effects, there are:
- nausea (can disappear after the body gets used to the treatment)
If you do not feel well, you should talk to your doctor about it. You can combine antidepressants with psychotherapy for getting the optimum results, and you should avoid drinking alcohol or to take banned substances, such as drugs (even mild drugs should be excluded, such as Marijuana).
Antidepressants May Affect The Feelings of Love
Antidepressants are not having only physical side effects, but also some side effects on the perception of love and attachment.
All that has been proven during a research study conducted at the University of California, San Diego, on 123 women and 69 men suffering from depression, who have been in loving relationships for more than 7 months, at the moment of the study. The researchers have revealed a strange fact.
The men who took SSRIs during the study were reported to be more distant from their partner, and to not have the same love feelings they all have used to have at the beginning of the study.
The women who took tryciclic antidepressants were reported to complain much about their sex life and not to have the same powerful feelings of love for their partners.
On the other hand, the men who took tryciclic antidepressants and the women treated with SSRIs were reported to have about the same feelings as at the beginning of the research study.
That means that men should be treated with tryciclic antidepressants, while women should be treated with SSRIs, in order to not alter their feelings for their partners.
‘The good news is that there are a variety of agents for treating depression,’ concluded the study’s leader, Doctor Hagop Akiskal, professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.