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 Depression In Older Adults: This seminar will address causes of depression along with diagnosis, common symptoms, available treatments and the side effects of certain antidepressants. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 8 Nov. 2019 And researchers at King's College London and Harvard University found that the number of antidepressants prescribed in England rose after the Brexit result. Jack Guy, CNN, "Man suffered acute psychotic illness triggered by Brexit vote," 1 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, the use of antidepressants has increased over 400 percent in just the past 20 years, and abuse of pain medication is a growing epidemic. Wired, "Why Are Rich People So Mean?," 26 Sep. 2019 Long-term use of antidepressants has risen rapidly in the United States in the past ten years. Samantha Lee, The Cut, "What It’s Like: My 30-Year Struggle With Antidepressants," 8 June 2018 The antidepressants she had been prescribed left her in a fog. Allison Volpe, chicagotribune.com, "How parents can talk to kids (and other parents) about cannabis in a shifting landscape," 16 Sep. 2019 The antidepressants she had been prescribed left her in a fog. Allie Volpe, Washington Post, "How parents can talk to kids (and other parents) about cannabis in a shifting landscape," 12 Sep. 2019 There were also traces of tobacco; hydromorphone, a narcotic often marketed as Dilaudid; and fluoxetine, an antidepressant sometimes sold under the name Prozac. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay)," 17 July 2019 At the time of his death, Roy was reportedly taking an antidepressant known to increase the risk of suicidal ideation in teenagers. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cultural Fault Lines of I Love You, Now Die," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of antidepressant

Adjective

1961, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Antidepressant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antidepressants. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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