Is anyone getting the side effect of "flat affect" from taking antipsychotics? Flat affect is "A severe reduction in emotional expressiveness. People with depression and schizophrenia often show flat affect. A person with schizophrenia may not show the signs of normal emotion, perhaps may speak in a monotonous voice, have diminished facial expressions, and appear extremely apathetic. Also known as blunted affect." - http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=26293
I've had friends and family say that I've been acting this way, and I'm on Invega. I told my doctor about it and she decreased my Invega.
I am wondering, if I have the flat affect because of the medication, or because of depression? I have been depressed lately.
Also if it is because of the medication, how long after the decrease will the symptoms go away?