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Depression medication may offer mood lift via personality shift

On way to providing relief, antidepressant modifies certain traits

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9:51am, December 8, 2009

Medications frequently prescribed for depression may not lighten a person’s mood until they brighten his or her personality. A new study suggests that the antidepressant medication paroxetine, or Paxil, fights depression most effectively when it first modifies two personality traits that predispose people to this mood disorder.

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