1. noun. Any medication
taken to lessen the effects of depression
. The drugs relieve the sense of hopelessness that accompanies depression, thus hope
; however, they are mood-altering chemicals that may produce side effects and addiction
, thus dope
- Jillian's doctor gave her some hope dope to keep her from trying to kill herself again.
- When John goes off his hope dope, he pukes, shivers, and wants to die.