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[QUOTE=The only name not taken]Feeling "normal" / content / happy is quite explainable. When you have sex, the level of chemicals in your brain alteres. One of the changes, is an increase in Seretonin (Dunno about spellin there). Anyway, this chemical is responcible for feeling happy.

Since depression, in short, is an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Sex can alter the chemicals making your emotions that of contentment.

Thats my knowledge, and I'm not 100% sure. But thats the info I can rememeber for Bio 3-4 :)

The only name not taken is mostly correct. While serotonin is the chemical mostly responsible for feeling happy, that's not the only chemical in the brain that gets an increased output from orgasm. Endorphines in particular are the most responsible for the pleasurable feelings during sex and orgasm. If I recall correctly, the endorphines in the brain are about six times as powerful as medical morphine (no wonder sex is so addicting, eh?). During orgasm another chemical called oxytosin is present. That one is responsible for the feeling of being 'connected' to someone and if you are in a good relationship it intensifies the effect.

So basically, sex is a huge chemical boost, allowing you to connect with your partner, feel good, and feel good about yourself. Coming from a background of depression, it is understandable that you'd want lots of sex. It's one of the only times you feel good. Be aware that certain types of SSRIs have sexual side effects. Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, and perhaps others. The two most common side effects are an inability to orgasm, or a loss of sexual desire. Keep that in mind if you ever look to switch to a different anti-depressant that is an SSRI.