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.