Antidepressants Reduce Aggression by Altering Moral Judgment

Rarely are antidepressants advised as a primary course of treatment for depression. Generally, therapy and counseling are considered essential to helping people who struggle with depressive thoughts. If medications are used, they ought to be accompanied by therapy as well. In addition to previously documented side effects, altered moral judgment has been now been shown to be a side effect of the most common type of antidepressant drug, serotonin enhancers. While the altered judgment tended to make people less aggressive and more hesitant to harm others, the fact that drugs alter the way we make decisions at all is a finding that should not be taken lightly.

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