Emotion suppression

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Emotion suppression can be described as an effect which greatly decreases the intensity of one's current emotional state far below normal levels. 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. 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.

This effect is most commonly triggered by antipsychotic compounds such as quetiapine, haloperidol, and risperidone. However, it can occassionally occur under the influence of other compounds such as benzodiazepines, some SSRI's and dissociatives.

Psychoactive substances

Substances which may cause this effect include:

Experience reports

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

See also