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Re: Zoloft & Marijuana -- final thoughts

Posted by JD on May 25, 1999, at 6:44:00

In reply to Re: "Depression" to "Pothead"?, posted by JD on May 24, 1999, at 8:46:54

I'll throw in my last 2 cents on this matter before ceding to anyone else who has things to add. I'm not very aware of Zoloft or other SSRI's causing a disinhibitional syndrome in people, but Sean has brought up some interesting points even if I'm not sure I agree with him across the board. He's certainly right to note that a certain proportion of people find SSRIs to be rather "affect-flattening" medications--i.e., they relieve depression but can leave a person feeling a bit like they're flying on automatic pilot. One can understand how such people (Sean himself giving a good example) might actually seek out marijuana while on SSRIs to try to bring some emotional color back into their lives! (Though I know lots of people who haven't had this problem at all...) So perhaps there is at least some reason to wonder whether the Zoloft itself is playing a role in your son's behavior--again, probably something best guaged by talking with him up front and personal about it.




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