Common Antidepressants Can Cause Emotional Blunting: What to Know

By Eileen Bailey, Jan 22, 2023

“I often tell patients that ‘antidepressants dull the passions, bad and good,’ says Dr. Alex Dimitriu a physician in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California and BrainfoodMD. “The highs and lows can be attenuated, though fortunately, when someone is low, feeling less so is a generally positive direction,” he told Healthline. “As patients often worry about affective blunting, I explain that antidepressants do not block all feelings. Antidepressants can reduce pain and lead to more functional behaviors. In my work, I’ve had many patients report that with antidepressants, they ‘can see the potholes, just not have to drive through them.’”

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