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Is your antidepressant making life a little too blah?

Some drugs go too far, dulling emotions across the spectrum. A dose adjustment or a switch to a different medication can help. When your doctor prescribes a medication for depression, the goal is to reduce painful feelings of sadness or hopelessness. The majority of people taking the most commonly prescribed antidepressants—selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)—improve substantially. But sometimes, SSRIs go beyond improving mood and make a person feel too little emotion. “Some…

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