Antidepressant Found to Alter Personality: US News and World Report

Antidepressant Found to Alter Personality – US News and World Report.

In this month’s Archives of General Psychiatry, Northwestern psychologist Tony Tang says that the antidepressant medication paroxetine, or Paxil, fights depression most effectively when it first modifies two personality traits, high neuroticism and low extraversion, that predispose people to this mood disorder.

“We propose that modern antidepressants work partly by correcting the long-term personality risk factors for depression,” Tang says.

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