Study pinpoints 3 common antidepressants tied to the most weight gain

By Jessica Freeborn, July 5, 2024

Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, who was not involved in the current study, offered further insight into antidepressants to MNT: “The most common uses of antidepressants are for depression and anxiety, where they can significantly boost mood, energy while reducing negative thoughts, obsessive thoughts, and rumination. It is believed that antidepressants may also work by increasing levels of BDNF — brain-derived neurotrophic factor. BDNF is like miracle grow for neurons, which often means it can help people change old patterns of thinking, and be more open to new ideas, perspectives, which can be helpful.”

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