Getting help if you’re struggling mentally is a real step in the right direction. But make sure you have the low-down on exactly what you’re popping in your mouth.
So, what’s really in that box the psychiatrist prescribed you for your depression or anxiety? And what does it do to the rest of your body while it’s helping your mind? Here’s how different mental health meds actually affect your life…
1. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
Known as: Citalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline
The deal: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) work by prolonging the action of feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. FYI: You might struggle to orgasm – or even want to have sex in the first place.
2. Selective Serotonin And Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors
Known as: Desvenlafaxine, duloxetine, levomilnacipran
The deal: They act like an SSRI on serotonin – and on the similar neurotransmitter, noradrenaline. FYI: It’s thought that by pushing both the serotonin and the noradrenaline you can create a stronger effect.
3. Beta Blockers
Known as: Propranolol, atenolol, bisoprolol
The deal: Help reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as palpitations. FYI: Useful in specific performance situations, but can’t reduce psychological anxiety symptoms, like excessive worrying.
Known as: Diazepam, lorazepam, temazepam
The deal: Sedative that slows the body’s functions to treat anxiety and insomnia. FYI: This one is very addictive, so only prescribed to patients with disabling anxiety who have not responded to other treatments.