Our expert says:
Its not as simple as that. The atypical antip[sychotics may have a place, in SOME situations, to help control the swings and roundabouts of Bipolar Disorder, but are hardly used to treat basic depression. No meds we use should make someone "feel good" - those that do, artificially and temporarily, tend to be addictive. Similarly, they're not meant to lull you into social compliance ( some of society's rules ought to be protested, not complied with ).
Sometimes, if there is considered to be a significant risk of the person becoming dependent on / addicted to, one of the old sedative hypnotics like those of the Valium family, a specialist might try an antipsychiatic which could calm anxiety but is unlikely to induce addiction. These are not drugs to be lightly used by any GP, though, and should only be prescribed on the recommendation of a specialist psychiatrist
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