Do antidepressants destroy love, sex and relationships?

SSRI drugs such as Prozac, used to treat depression can have a devastating impact on sex drive, love and attachment (Credit: Depression Help 101)

LISTEN: Do antidepressants destroy love, sex and relationships?

In the region of 240,000 Irish people require daily medication for depression and anxiety.  The most common drugs prescribed are the SSRIs, which include Prozac, Lustral and Seroxat. 

Shockingly, as many as 75 per cent of those taking SSRIs report dampened or lost sex drive, as well as serious impacts on feelings of love or attachment.

Guest: Dr Helen Fisher, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

There has been a lot of attention in recent years on the emerging field of personalised medicine where medicines may, in future, be developed with the individual in mind, rather than large groups of often very different people.

There is another related field called personalised nutrition. This is where scientists are working to determine the differences between healthy food consumption between people, and to develop nutritional advice accordingly.

A large Europe-wide project, called Food4me, led by UCD, has begun and it is seeking evidence that can underpin the possible future development of personal dietary plans and advice.

Guest: Dr Eileen Gibney, UCD Institute of Food and Health

Broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 25/08/2011

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Childhood Stress Linked to Adult Depression

LISTEN: Childhood Stress Linked to Adult Depression

Childhood stress can cause changes that leave children open to suffering serious stress-related illnesses as adults (Credit: California Earth Minerals)

Serious stress in childhood resulting from the death of a parent, or physical and psychological abuse, can cause changes that leave such children more vulnerable to stress-related disease in adults such as depression and irritable bowel syndrome.


(1) Dr Siobhain O’Mahony, a neuroscientist in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) and the Department of Anatomy at University College Cork

Broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 21/07/2011

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ECT & Depression; Tackling a killer fungus; Slidepath’s Donal O’Shea [Dublin City FM]

This Science Spin podcast was broadcast on 26th August 2010 on 103.2 Dublin City FM