Examining Side Effects and Emotional Blunting of Antidepressants

Title

Examining Side Effects and Emotional Blunting of Antidepressants

Subject

Antidepressants,
Personality and emotions

Description

This study examined the differences between side-effects and emotional blunting in those currently taking an antidepressant versus those not taking one. It was predicted that the incidence of each side-effect would be significantly greater for those currently taking an antidepressant, and that the side-effects would decrease with time taking the medication. It was also expected that the degree of emotional blunting would be significantly greater for those currently taking an antidepressant than for the other two groups, and that emotional blunting would decrease over time. The data for this study was from a 45 question survey that was successfully completed by 256 participants.  The survey questions asked about demographic information, side-effects experienced, and the degree of emotional blunting experienced by the participants. Results revealed a significant difference in the rates of side-effects among the three groups, as well as a significant difference in emotional blunting scores among the three groups. These results suggest that those with experience taking an antidepressant either currently or previously experience significantly worse side-effects and emotional blunting than those who have never taken one.

Creator

Green, Rebecca

Publisher

Rider University

Relation

Baccalaureate Honors Program

Format

Adobe Acrobat PDF

Language

English

Type

Capstone

Files

green_presentation.pdf
green_capstone.pdf

Citation

Green, Rebecca, “Examining Side Effects and Emotional Blunting of Antidepressants,” Rider Student Research, accessed January 28, 2022, https://riderstudents.omeka.net/items/show/28.

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