antidepressant side-effects

Primum non nocere: an evolutionary analysis of whether antidepressants do more harm than good

This review has been published on the PubMed website. The abstract says: “Antidepressant medications are the first-line treatment for people meeting current diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder. Most antidepressants are designed to perturb the mechanisms that regulate the neurotransmitter serotonin…
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Guidance for psychological therapists: information for GPs advising patients on antidepressant withdrawal

“The Defeat Depression Campaign was successful in changing wary public opinion. Now, 24 years on, some patients are still being given the same story about chemical imbalances, a theory that has never been proven, and about withdrawal not existing.” This…
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Withdrawal From Antidepressants: A Review

“We were dismayed to discover, in both the New Zealand and international surveys, that only 1 percent recalled being told anything about withdrawal effects when first prescribed the drugs.” This article from Dr. John Read is subtitled “UK authorities stop minimising…
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Stopping antidepressants

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) has recently issued information about stopping the taking of prescribed antidepressants. It covers the following topics: What are antidepressants? What symptoms might you experience when stopping antidepressants and how severe can they be? What causes antidepressant withdrawal symptoms? Who is affected by antidepressant withdrawal symptoms? How can I tell if it is withdrawal symptoms, or my depression/anxiety coming back? Does this mean that antidepressants are addictive or can cause dependence? When and how to stop antidepressants Examples of tapering plans Appendix 1: Risk of withdrawal symptoms with individual antidepressants Appendix 2: Potential types of withdrawal symptoms The provision of this information is a welcome step – one that the RCP’s counterparts in the USA (the…
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I know antidepressant withdrawal symptoms are real. Why didn’t doctors?

Writing in The Guardian newspaper, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett says: “It’s something of a relief to see before you, written down in black and white, what you have known to be true for a long time: in this case, that antidepressant withdrawal symptoms aren’t, well,…
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Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms severe, says new report

The Guardian newspaper reports: “Half of all those taking antidepressants experience withdrawal problems when they try to give them up and for millions of people in England, these are severe, according to a new review of the evidence commissioned by MPs. Guidance…
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Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

Many people taking antidepressants discover they cannot quit, write Benedict Carey and Robert Gebeloff, reporting for the New York Times : “Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a…
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