Have you ever felt like your antidepressant has killed more than just your ability to orgasm? Like it's killed all your feelings of love for your partner as well? Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University, believes that SSRIs may block your ability to feel love.
SSRIs work by raising your levels of serotonin, but they also lower levels of dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for all those feel-good emotions you get when you fall in love. When dopamine levels drop and those feelings disappear you may mistakenly believe that your love has also disappeared.
If you are curious to learn more about this effect, Psychology Today has an excellent article about this topic entitled Sex, Love and SSRIs on its Web site.
If you've ever experienced this phenomenon yourself, please join the discussion by adding your comments below.