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Antidepressants and Dreaming - The Role of Serotonin E-mail


The goal of this website is to give support to people who are feeling depressed and unhappy with their lives. I am living in Europe and English is not my native language, I wish you will excuse me if I make some grammatical errors. I have a background in neuroscience and I am currently doing brain research in university in my home country. I decided to write in English because I wish to reach as many people as I can around the world.



The brain, serotonin, dreams and antidepressants

Medical industry has a quite understandable reason to speak loudly for the effectiveness of antidepressants in the treatment of depression. The manufacturers of these medications tend to put aside the fact that scientists are not fully aware what is the exact mechanism of the function of antidepressants. Everyone who is taking antidepressants should be aware of the various affects these drugs have on the brain and mind and possible consequences these effects may have.

The purpose of this blog entry is not to speak against taking antidepressants. On the contrary, it has been shown that antidepressants can greatly improve the quality of life of those who are suffering of severe depression. However, it is good to be aware of how these drugs are affecting our physiology. If one is experiencing unexpected side effects while on antidepressants, it helps one to deal with them better if one is aware of what is causing them instead of worrying about what is wrong.

This article should also be very interesting for all those who are curious about the effect antidepressants have on dreams and dreaming. Many people have been reporting experiencing bizarre, life-like dreams while on antidepressants. Some people have reported suffering of disturbing nightmares during antidepressant treatment. This article is reviewing some of the studies that have investigated the role of the serotonergic system in the process of dreaming and how antidepressants may interfere with the normal sleep regulation controlled by this system.





Comments (3)
  • Serotonin  - Dreamer
    I took antidepressants for some time couple years ago, and during that time I had extremely lively and "real-life-like" dreams. To be honest, I actually liked those dreams, everything was so realistic, the colors, forms, and when I woke up I could still remember everything clearly. When I stopped taking the medication these vivid dreams stopped, and I am still kind of missing them... Because I had never experienced something so exciting in my life. But of course I would not take antidepressants just for the sake of having wonderful dreams ;) Overall I feel antidepressants helped me a lot, I do not think I could have recovered so fast without them.
  • Admin
    Dear Matthew,

    Thank you for your feedback. I agree with you fully, taking antidepressants can be highly beneficial, it can considerably improve the overall quality of life. The aim of the above article is not to argue against taking antidepressants but instead to share information of possible side effects that may occur while on medication so that people would know what they are dealing with should they experience such side effects.

    Depression is a serious condition and recovery often takes long time, especially if one is trying to struggle without antidepressants. Antidepressants can help the brain to recover from depression faster than if one is trying to survive without medication (of course the need for medication depends on the seriousness of one's condition and should always be carefully evaluated with one's physician).

    If you feel that antidepressants are improving your situation then clearly medication is the right solution for you. The most important guide regarding what is the right way to go is your own feeling.
  • Matthew  - Informative
    The article was very helpful, but even with the possibilities of side effects and sleep disturbances I feel I need my anti-depressants. I do manage sleep by taking trazadone. This helps considerable but I am new to the medication regime, only 3 weeks.

    It is very important to know about the medications to be able to make an informed decision about what goes into my body.

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