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Study: Antidepressants change personality

December 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A study suggests that along with lifting your mood, antidepressants may change certain aspects of your personality as well.More than 160 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled each year, making them amongst the most popular types of medications.

But now, a study suggests those pills may change certain aspects of your personality.

Antidepressants are supposed to lift your mood, but researchers at Northwestern University think the pills may also alter personality traits.

Results showed that those who took the drug Paxil for a year were more outgoing and less neurotic and negative.

Experts say those changes may help protect against relapses into depression and could also help fend off anxiety disorders, too.