Is it possible for someone to become addicted to a prescribed anxiety or depression medication?
Hi I am an anxiety patient and I want to know is it possible to become addicted to prescribed anxiety or depression medication?
@iqra Hi It depends on the type of medication prescribed for the treatment of the disorder. Depression medications are, for the most part, nonaddictive; though someone may develop a tolerance to a prescribed antidepressant, requiring increasing doses to continue to experience the antidepressant effect, these medications do not trigger the pleasure pathway in the brain and therefore are not psychologically addictive per se. While it is theoretically possible for someone to feel emotionally dependent upon the medication and fearful of being without the drug (one sign of addiction), use of these medications do not generally cause problems in the user’s life, and therefore are nonintrusive and safe for use in terms of addiction potential.