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The Devastating Side Effects of Antidepressants

Anxiety and depression are all too common in our society — and no one is exempt. Even some of our most well-known celebrities have battled the blues, and you most likely know plenty of people on medication for depression. You may even experience it yourself. 

Make no mistake about it: Antidepressants do help people. You’ll find plenty of tales of people whose lives improved dramatically after going on medication. But like all medications, antidepressants do have some dangerous side effects.

Types of antidepressants

A bottle of antidepressants laid out on a piece of dark cloth.

A bottle of antidepressants laid out on a piece of dark cloth. Antidepressants affect each person differently. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Because people’s brains are wired differently, there are several different types of antidepressants. However, all antidepressants should have the same result.

The two most common types of antidepressants are SSRIs and SNRIs. SSRIs affect a chemical in your brain called serotonin and are the most commonly prescribed. SNRIs are a combination of serotonin and norepinephrine. Your doctor may prescribe SNRIs because they won’t interact with other medicines. A third option, atypical antidepressants, don’t fall into either category.

No antidepressant is without side effects, and while most are minor, some of them are downright scary.

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