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When the antidepressants cause someone to have emotionless

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Hi when the antidepressants cause someone to have emotionless does that mean that the person is recovering?

Hi Karen,

With long use of SSRI class medication, a person can develop anhedonia. This is because these class medications at some point affect the dopamine levels. As a result, you experience what you call "emotionless" state of being.

Often, to counteract this, a physician may add dopamine agonists to your SSRi medications such as Wellbutrin.

Anhedonia is a symptom of depression and if you're experiencing it, your depression is not per se improving. You don't want your base line to be that of anhedonia (emotionlessness)

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