LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Ozzy Osbourne is still traumatized by the painful side effects he suffered while taking antidepressants. The former lead singer of heavy metal band Black Sabbath discussed mental health issues with his family during the latest episode of The Osbournes Podcast, where he opened up about his struggles while taking medication.
“The only thing about antidepressants is that they kill your sex drive instantly,” Ozzy said as his daughter Kelly sighed in embarrassment, according to People. “If you take antidepressants, with most of them your sex drive goes away,” he added.
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The pop icon’s 38-year-old daughter then asked if this applies to men or women. “I think it works for both men and women,” said son Jack, 37, adding: “But it’s not guaranteed, it’s just a possible side effect.”
Ozzy Osbourne says every drug he took killed his sex drive
Ozzy then joked that it was guaranteed, before Kelly added: “Dad is basically saying, ‘I took antidepressants and it took away my sexual desire.’ “Everyone I’ve ever taken on just killed it,” Ozzy said as the whole family laughed.
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“The Prince of Darkness” previously discussed taking antidepressants because his mental health was struggling with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2003.
The ‘Prince of Darkness’ previously discussed taking antidepressants because his mental health was struggling with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (Getty Images)
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According to the Mayo Clinic, Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease that affects the nervous system and parts of the body controlled by nerves. Parkinson’s disease often begins with tremors in one hand. Other symptoms include slowness of movement, stiffness and loss of balance.
Ozzy Osbourne constantly has difficulty walking
Last year, the musician told The Observer that he constantly had difficulty walking. “You think you’re lifting your legs, but your leg doesn’t move. “I feel like I’m walking in lead shoes,” he added, noting that Parkinson’s disease has greatly affected his mental health and caused him depression.
Ozzy Osbourne has ongoing difficulty walking since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (Getty Images)
“I hit a plateau that was lower than I wanted,” Ozzy said of his mental state, adding: “Nothing really felt good. Nothing. So I started taking these antidepressants and they are working fine.”
However, the “Crazy Train” singer admitted that the most unpleasant thing about Parkinson’s disease is not knowing how it will end. “You learn to live in the moment because you don’t know [what’s going to happen]. You don’t know when you’ll wake up and won’t be able to get out of bed. But you just don’t think about it,” Ozzy said at the time.
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