Stopping antidepressants

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) has recently issued information about stopping the taking of prescribed antidepressants. It covers the following topics:

The provision of this information is a welcome step – one that the RCP’s counterparts in the USA (the American Psychiatric Association) and elsewhere should follow – regardless of questions that include:

  • Are antidepressants massively over-prescribed?
  • Is the theory behind them based on valid science?
  • How effective are they (compared to placebo, for example)?
  • For how long should they be prescribed?
  • Do the benefits of antidepressants outweigh the side-effects for most people?

You can read the RCP’s information here.

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