Antidepressant drugs exert a certain influence on those who take them – this is an undeniable fact. But, what about the side-effects? The negative influences? What are their scope? A new study has shown that antidepressants might possibly affect the feelings of the person – more specifically, emotions related to love and attachment. Trouble is, it is not in a good way.
Are men and women any different? They are but from the same mould; however, they react differently to worldly and environmental influences, including chemical ones. They were thus tested for two antidepressants: selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants. Men’s feelings of love have more of an influence from the SSRIs than women’s. However, females were more affected by drugs of the tricyclic antidepressant groups. It was also noted that the former works more on the serotonin system than the latter. SSRIs and the tricyclic antidepressants had different effects on the love lives of the subjects of the study, amounting up to 192 people (123 females and 69 males).
The subjects were made to answer questions from a questionnaire to express their feelings of love, attachment and sexual attraction to their partners. The purpose was to gauge whether or not did the antidepressants they were taking affect their feelings towards their lovers or not.
The results of the study showed that those participants depending on SSRIs (as opposed to the other class of antidepressants) were more inclined to say that they felt less at ease about sharing thoughts and feelings of their partners. They were also looking forward to a lesser extent to make of their relationship a long-lasting one. Furthermore, men taking SSRIs were even less likely to approach their partners to seek their help, and even to take care of them, as opposed to females taking SSRIs. However, that was not all. Women taking tricyclics would complain more about their sex life than males taking tricyclics.
That is why experts have recommended patients suffering from depression to voice out their feelings to their physicians. The latter should also enquire about the state of the love life of their patients, specially so that loss of sexual desire comes as a consequence of depression itself. It would beat the purpose of taking in antidepressants if both yielded similar negative effects.