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Bodybuilding and Antidepressants - side effects do matter
"Side effects may include death". Have you read the list of side effects for any of the variety of drugs on the market? The list is long and nasty and the side effects may seem to be worse than the problem they are intended to solve. Some are so drastic as to make you think twice about using them.
Going down the drug path is never a good idea, especially if you can avoid it. One woman noted that once her husband got put on drugs, it was all downhill from there as the drugs themselves messed him up. Most drugs certainly don't provide bodybuilding benefits to the body. That includes commonly popular drugs like anti-depressants.
The Mayo Clinic points out that antidepressants can cause side effects that may not go away. Some of the more common side effects include headaches, nausea, water retention and unwanted weight gain) and – get this - sexual problems. These drugs can cut into your sex drive and cause you real grief. And if it is affecting your sex drive, it can't be doing much for building muscle either.
And that's not all. Antidepressants also cause insomnia. That's a huge negative factor for the bodybuilder because growth comes during sleep and if you can't sleep, you can't grow. This is one of the more damaging side effects for a bodybuilder.
Last but not least is the side effect of fatigue. And that's all a bodybuilder needs, right? More fatigue? This side effect further indicates the negative aspects that antidepressants have on the body and tilt the playing field against the bodybuilder.
By the way, did you know that bodybuilding itself can actually help boost you out of depression – without all the nasty side effects.
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