Friday, 8 June 2018

Study Urges Warnings for Patients on Antidepressants


The study of 1829 New Zealanders who have taken antidepressants found that 55 per cent reported withdrawal symptoms when they stopped taking the drugs, and 27 per cent felt they were "addicted" to their medications.

The authors, University of Auckland psychologists Claire Cartwright and Kerry Gibson and Dr John Read, now of the University of East London in Britain, say doctors prescribing antidepressants should warn patients of the potential addictive effects so that they can consider alternative treatments.

They found that only 1 per cent of patients recalled being told anything about withdrawal symptoms or addiction.

Cartwright conducted in-depth interviews with 50 of the women in the study and found that many tried to stop taking antidepressants but could not.
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Cartwright conducted in-depth interviews with 50 of the women in the study and found that many tried to stop taking antidepressants but could not.

"Some of the women talked about being ready to come off antidepressants after a number of years on them, and trying to reduce them gradually, but having such disabling side-effects that they actually went back on them," she said.
 
Common withdrawal symptoms included nausea, dizziness, nightmares, migraines and "brain zaps" similar to electric shocks.
 
One patient wrote: "It took me two months of hell to come off the antidepressants. Was massively harder than I expected. Had severe depression, fatigue, massive anger tendencies."
 
The survey was done via a questionnaire that was online in 2012-13. The authors acknowledged that the people who responded might have been those who wanted to complain, but 83 per cent said the antidepressants helped to reduce their depression.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12065023

"Massive anger tendencies" - in the US there are millions of people taking antidepressants, and a portion of them will suffer this side effect and have access to guns. Almost all of the mass shooters in the US have been on SSRI-type medication where some patients will suffer from this symptom. Anti-depressant medication may be the leading cause of these mass shooting homicides.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 8th, 2018.]

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