Individuals use drugs to help unwanted symptoms and make them feel better. There are medicines for physical health as well as mental health, and it may get tricky when trying to categorize them. Depressants are a particular category of drugs that slow brain activity.
How Do Depressants Work?
Depressant drugs work by reducing the stimulation in a person’s central nervous system (CNS). By doing this, it slows the brain’s neurotransmission levels (the chemicals that coordinate the communication between the brain cells). The result of this is the person feeling drowsy and calmer than they were before the medication.
Why are Depressants Used?
- Sleeping problems
- Panic attacks
- Pain relief
- Seizure problems
These drugs work by calming the central nervous system. Many psychological issues can be improved by depressants.
What are the Short and Long-Term Effects of Depressants Addiction and Abuse?
- Dilated pupils
- Reduced brain function
- Memory problems
- Slurred speech
- Opposite effects (aggression, irritability, etc.)
Long-term effects of depressants can start with accidental sedation and end in death. Depressants addiction or dependence are possible.
- Severe depression
- Sexual problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Breathing problems
Make sure that you and your loved ones are using depressants properly to avoid the negative consequences like addiction to depressants.