Study shows psychological, interpersonal effects of antidepressants have reached bizarre levels

getty_rm_photo_of_antidepressant_pillsMany advocate strongly a more holistic approach to mental health care. In this scenario, all of the resources available are considered in a multi-faceted game plan that best suits the patient. As we all know, this is not currently the case and might take a quantum change in thinking for this to happen. The folly of following a one dimensional method is highlighted in a new study on the psychological effects of taking anti-depressants over a long period. A researcher at the University of Liverpool has shown that :

” thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties and emotional numbness as a result of anti-depressants may be more widespread than previously thought.”

In a survey of 1,829 people who had been prescribed anti-depressants, the researchers found large numbers of people – over half in some cases – reporting on psychological problems due to their medication, which has led to growing concerns about the scale of the problem of over-prescription of these drugs. Psychologist and lead researcher, Professor John Read from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, said: “The medicalisation of sadness and distress has reached bizarre levels. One in ten people in some countries are now prescribed antidepressants each year. “While the biological side-effects of antidepressants, such as weight gain and nausea, are well documented, the psychological and interpersonal effects have been largely ignored or denied. They appear to be alarmingly common.”

The survey participants were asked to fill in an online questionnaire which asked about twenty adverse effects. The study was carried out in New Zealand and all of the participants had been on anti-depressants in the last five years. The survey factored in people’s levels of depression and asked them to report on how they had felt while taking the medication. Over half of people aged 18 to 25 in the study reported suicidal feelings and in the total sample there were large percentages of people suffering from ‘sexual difficulties’ (62%) and ‘feeling emotionally numb’ (60%). Percentages for other effects included: ‘feeling not like myself’ (52%), ‘reduction in positive feelings’ (42%), ‘caring less about others’ (39%) and ‘withdrawal effects’ (55%). However, 82% reported that the drugs had helped alleviate their depression.

“Effects such as feeling emotionally numb and caring less about other people are of major concern. Our study also found that people are not being told about this when prescribed the drugs.

“Our finding that over a third of respondents reported suicidality ‘as a result of taking the antidepressants’ suggests that earlier studies may have underestimated the problem.” Professor Read concluded.

Source : University of Liverpool


  5 comments for “Study shows psychological, interpersonal effects of antidepressants have reached bizarre levels

  1. July 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    In America we have commercials detailing a woman, who asks, I am taking an antidepressant and I am still depressed.

    Solution, take Abilify to supplement your antidepressant, like put it on steroids.

    A pill will not cure ptsd or any of the anxiety disorders. Many people search for that easy way out.

    General practitioners pass out way to many antidepressant without proper vetting.

    Drugs should be a last resort.

    Here in America doctors and pharmaceutical companies have caused an opioid epidemic in over prescribing these drugs. For profit they have damaged the fabric of our country.

    • July 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Marty….great points and I fully agree. It’s not just in the States where the medical profession and pharma are linked dysfunctionally.

      • July 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm

        Here the medical profession cherry picked a small study in a hospital which said opioids were not addictive.

        I mean way back before medicine evolved we had opium dens. Guess OxyContin they think is different.

      • July 10, 2018 at 7:09 pm

        I recently watched a documentary on this subject. It is unbelievable what people are being prescribed over there!

      • July 10, 2018 at 7:16 pm

        I am a chronic pain sufferer from a triple rollover car accident. Chronic pain patients end up with a specialist, a pain doctor. They have, or had leeway to give out the most opioids.

        Years ago I would receive Norco (triple Vicodin) in the mail in huge bottles.

        In my pain group my peers averaged twenty to forty pills a day plus a morphine pump or stimulator.

        After six months I ditched the pills and went back to my strengths. I was a pro athlete, so I started hiking with my pain.

        Hiking till my pain intensified, then adding 15 more minutes changed my chronic pain.

        One my own endorphins helped naturally. Then the pain started to compress. We know now pain is read in two places in the brain.

        Now I use a form of medical weed and no opioids at all.

        The mind is our best weapon and drug.

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