Emotion suppression

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Emotion suppression (also known as flat affect, apathy, or emotional blunting) is an effect which flattens or decreases the intensity of one's current emotional state below normal levels.[1][2][3] This dulls or suppresses the genuine emotions that a person was already feeling prior to ingesting the drug. For example, an individual who is currently feeling somewhat anxious or emotionally unstable may begin to feel very apathetic, neutral, uncaring, and emotionally blank. This also impacts the degree to which the person will express their emotional state through body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions.

It is worth noting that although a reduction in the intensity of one's emotions can be beneficial during negative states, it can detract from one's well being in equal measure during more positive emotional states.

Emotion suppression is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as sedation, thought deceleration, and analysis suppression. It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of antipsychotic compounds,[1] such as quetiapine, haloperidol, and risperidone. However, it can also occur in less consistent form under the influence of heavy dosages of dissociatives, SSRI's, and GABAergic depressants.

Psychoactive substances

Substances which may cause this effect include:

Experience reports

Anecdotal reports which describe this effect within our experience index include:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ueda, S., Sakayori, T., Omori, A., Fukuta, H., Kobayashi, T., Ishizaka, K., ... & Okubo, Y. (2016). Neuroleptic-induced deficit syndrome in bipolar disorder with psychosis. Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment, 12, 265.
  2. What is flat affect (Psychology Dictionary) | https://psychologydictionary.org/flat-affect/
  3. What is Apathy? (Psychology Dictionary) | https://psychologydictionary.org/apathy/