“Those on antidepressants were more likely to agree with statements such as ‘When I am upset, I don’t know if I am sad, frightened, or angry” and “I don’t know what’s going on inside me.'”
Eric Dolan, reporting for PsyPost:
“People on antidepressant medication tend to also report experiencing diminished emotional awareness, a condition known as alexithymia, according to a preliminary study published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.
“In my experience, up to 10-20% of clinical patients who are prescribed serotonergic antidepressants experience emotional side-effects (apathy, emotional blunting, reduced positive feelings, reduced empathy etc.),” said study author Jani Kajanoja of the University of Turku.
“We noticed that this area has been researched very little, so psychiatrists don’t know whether it’s an actual side-effect of drugs, and what would be the possible mechanisms.” …”
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