What Is The Difference Between A Anti- Depressant And A Depressant?

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What Is The Difference Between A Anti- Depressant And A Depressant?

what is the difference between a anti- depressant and a depressant?

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Hello there

I am thinking that you are wondering if these two terms are opposite in meaning. They are not.

Depressants are the opposite of stimulants. Depressants are medicines or drugs which slow the activity of the central nervous system and can include alcohol, anesthetics, anticonvulsants such as Neurontin, or Benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Valium. Stimulants, on the other hand are substances which stimulate the central nervous system and increase alertness. Basically depressants slow you down and stimulants speed you up.

Antidepressants are medications given for the purpose of decreasing the symptoms of depression.

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