# Influence of antidepressant drugs upon personality

How do antidepressant drugs influence someone's personality? Do they induce a major change in an individual's personality, or do they just negate the influence of depression?

Basically, is the personality of someone taking depressants the same as it would be if they were not subject to the causes of depression in the first place?

• it often seems that the drugs tend to exceed this purpose by instilling in their user a sense of happiness and silliness. These are both very subjective terms, and I think you'd have a hard time defining them clinically. Even if you take them on that limited merit, how is "happiness" exceeding the drugs purpose? – Chuck Sherrington Nov 3 '14 at 5:20
• You're right, sorry - those terms are subjective. What I am asking is whether the change in outwards behavior that results from taking antidepressants, whether increased happiness, excitement, or joy, is artificial or not. Are those new qualities just a result of the drug releasing extra serotonin or are they the result of the user's natural behavior when not sad? – Alekxos Nov 3 '14 at 5:45
• I've edited the question. Hopefully it will be much clearer now. – Alekxos Nov 3 '14 at 5:58
• Thanks for doing so. That's something that's at least answerable with somewhat more objective measures. – Chuck Sherrington Nov 3 '14 at 6:27
• This question is (still) both unclear - what drugs? (there are many kinds); what do you consider a personality change? - and too broad (the chain of possible effects is too long for the scope of SE answer. Read a book f you really care about this). – Tomáš Zato Nov 24 '14 at 22:47