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Old 03-11-19, 11:56 AM
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Are anti-depressants addictive?

Hi, everybody. I need some advice about depression treatment. My girlfriend suffers from this kind of disease. I thought that she could go through this without serious treatment, but now she feels worse than a couple of months ago. What do you know about such treatment and drugs? I heard a bunch of strange stories about addiction to such drugs. Recently I read a post about substance abuse of women on Addiction Recourse. So I'm afraid she can become addicted too. Could you help me? Maybe someone faced a similar problem?
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Re: Are anti-depressants addictive?

I think its important to note the differences between addiction and dependence. IMO Antidepressants are not addictive but you can become dependent on them.

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Hi, everybody. I need some advice about depression treatment. My girlfriend suffers from this kind of disease. I thought that she could go through this without serious treatment, but now she feels worse than a couple of months ago. What do you know about such treatment and drugs? I heard a bunch of strange stories about addiction to such drugs. Recently I read a post about substance abuse of women on Addiction Recourse. So I'm afraid she can become addicted too. Could you help me? Maybe someone faced a similar problem?
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Definition of addiction
1 : the quality or state of being addicted
addiction to reading
2 : compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal
broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful
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de·pend·ence
[dih- pen-d uhns]

NOUN
1.
the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like.
2.
reliance; confidence; trust: Her complete reliability earned her our dependence.
3.
an object of reliance or trust.
4.
the state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence: the dependence of an effect upon a cause.
5.
the state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use.
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Re: Are anti-depressants addictive?

SSRIs and similar meds (which are almost universally prescribed as first line treatment for depression) are non-addictive.

They do need to be weaned off slowly if discontinued though.
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