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    What is the difference between depressant and antidepressant?

    What is the difference between "depressant' and anti-'depressant'?

    It seems they are the same. Thanks.

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    Re: What is the difference between depressant and antidepressant?

    Depressants are drugs that make people sleepy. Sleeping pills and alcohol are depressants.

    Anti-depressents are drugs that make people happier. Prozac is an anti-depressant.

    Stimulants are drugs that make people alert. Amphetamines and caffeine are stimulants. They have the opposite effect of depressants.
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    Re: What is the difference between depressant and antidepressant?

    The prefix anti means "against". For example, in BrE people describe circular motion as clockwise or anti-clockwise. (We say counter-clockwise in AmE.)
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    Re: What is the difference between depressant and antidepressant?

    If you had looked up the definition of "anti", how did you come to the conclusion that "depressant" and "anti-depressant" meant the same?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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