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Experience:  Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
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2 years ago I took an antidepressant for depression and

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2 years ago I took an antidepressant for depression and anxiety for a total of 3 months and ever since my personality has been completely erased, along with the inner psyche I’ve spent a lifetime building. When I attempt to “look inside”, there is literally nothing there. Everything that made up my specific sense of personal being is gone, including my hopes, fears, dreams, goals, opinions, values, morals, likes/dislikes, and most strikingly, all emotions and feelings. I now struggle with tinnitus, poor memory, depersonalization, poor concentration, abnormal sleep, dizziness, numbness in ears and other weird things which i never had. What could be the solution? Is this going to be permanent?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

It can be difficult to differentiate whether these symptoms are related to the underlying mental health condition or the medicines used to treat the condition. If it is related to the medicines, it typically is not a permanent issue. Even if it is a component of the underlying mental health condition, it usually is not permanent.

In situations like this, the intervention that my patients have had the most success would be to address these issues in counseling.

If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.

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