antidepressant

adjective
an·​ti·​de·​pres·​sant | \ ˌan-tē-di-ˈpre-sᵊnt How to pronounce antidepressant (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antidepressant (audio) \

Definition of antidepressant

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: used or tending to relieve or prevent depression antidepressant drugs

antidepressant

noun

Definition of antidepressant (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of antidepressant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In interviews, dozens of people who had experienced antidepressant withdrawal recounted similar stories: The drugs often relieved mood problems, at first. Benedict Carey And Robert Gebeloff, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-term use of antidepressants is surging in the US," 9 Apr. 2018 There’s every reason to think that tinkering with that receptor system could have antidepressant effects, and it’s never been systematically manipulated in that way. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 In interviews, dozens of people who had experienced antidepressant withdrawal recounted similar stories: The drugs often relieved mood problems, at first. Benedict Carey And Robert Gebeloff, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-term use of antidepressants is surging in the US," 9 Apr. 2018 In interviews, dozens of people who had experienced antidepressant withdrawal recounted similar stories: The drugs often relieved mood problems, at first. Benedict Carey And Robert Gebeloff, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-term use of antidepressants is surging in the US," 9 Apr. 2018 In interviews, dozens of people who had experienced antidepressant withdrawal recounted similar stories: The drugs often relieved mood problems, at first. Benedict Carey And Robert Gebeloff, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-term use of antidepressants is surging in the US," 9 Apr. 2018 In interviews, dozens of people who had experienced antidepressant withdrawal recounted similar stories: The drugs often relieved mood problems, at first. Benedict Carey And Robert Gebeloff, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-term use of antidepressants is surging in the US," 9 Apr. 2018 In interviews, dozens of people who had experienced antidepressant withdrawal recounted similar stories: The drugs often relieved mood problems, at first. Benedict Carey And Robert Gebeloff, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-term use of antidepressants is surging in the US," 9 Apr. 2018 In interviews, dozens of people who had experienced antidepressant withdrawal recounted similar stories: The drugs often relieved mood problems, at first. Benedict Carey And Robert Gebeloff, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-term use of antidepressants is surging in the US," 9 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The road back wasn’t easy but, armed with an antidepressant that seemed to be working, Lauren returned to school 18 months later. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "How a Dallas musician and therapist who copes with anxiety and depression is walking through the COVID-19 crisis," 30 Mar. 2020 Nearby were houses with yellow walls and pink highlights, green doors and magenta utility boxes — a street of walk-through Rothkos, the painter on antidepressants. David Brown, Washington Post, "In Morocco, 44 hours of lingering in a small village leaves a big impression," 30 Aug. 2019 Medications such as antidepressants and nightmare-reduction drugs can help, but psychotherapy is crucial. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Help Someone With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," 23 Apr. 2020 Treatments like antidepressants can help manage symptoms by reducing behavioral problems, the Mayo Clinic notes, but that’s more of a stopgap in the absence of better options. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Things to Know About Frontotemperal Degeneration," 25 Oct. 2019 The main group of such medications is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly known as antidepressants. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, "Where is my Xanax Rx? Why your doctor may be concerned about prescribing benzodiazepines," 18 Oct. 2019 An antidepressant, Tianeptine products such as Tianaa are not approved by the FDA and effects of abusing the products mimic withdrawal from opioids. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Bill would make Tianaa, supplement sold at Alabama gas stations, convenience stores, illegal," 13 Feb. 2020 The work is preliminary and needs to be confirmed with further studies and expanded to include other treatments, such as different antidepressants, transcranial magnetic stimulation and psychotherapy. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Is an Antidepressant Right for You? Ask Your Brain Waves," 10 Feb. 2020 For instance, insurers often refuse to cover treatments, ranging from therapy to antidepressants, on the grounds that they aren't considered of medical necessity. Liat Jarkon, Fortune, "Why insurers should cover mental health care to lower costs," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of antidepressant

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1961, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Antidepressant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antidepressant. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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antidepressant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of antidepressant

medical : a drug that is used to relieve or prevent depression in a person

antidepressant

adjective
an·​ti·​de·​pres·​sant | \ ˌant-i-di-ˈpres-ᵊnt, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antidepressant (audio) \
variants: also antidepressive \ -​ˈpres-​iv How to pronounce antidepressive (audio) \

Medical Definition of antidepressant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used or tending to relieve or prevent psychological depression : relating to, being, or utilizing an antidepressant an antidepressant drug antidepressant treatment

antidepressant

noun
variants: also antidepressive

Medical Definition of antidepressant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a drug used to treat psychological depression : an antidepressant drug The dual-action antidepressant venlafaxine appears to demonstrate superior efficacy and higher rates of remission in severe depression as compared with either SSRIs such as fluoxetine or tricyclic antidepressants.— John Mann, The New England Journal of Medicine, 27 Oct. 2005

called also energizer, psychic energizer, psychostimulant

— see tricyclic antidepressant

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