|Posted on 14 March, 2018 at 7:05|
We at ABC recognise the value of anti-depressants for getting some clients through difficult times. If someone is on medication, it is very important not to come off these suddenly without guidance from a medically trained doctor. However, a recent research study has generated a lot of disagreement about how safe these medications really are. Some researchers believe that they are safe, while others insist that they are much more dangerous than has been acknowledged. Some anti-depressant users report increased suicidality, while others believe these medications have literally saved their lives and prevented suicide. There is also contoversy about the side-effects of such medications, with a significant portion of people reporting these including reduced libido or sex drive. Some of these side-effects are reportedly long lasting while others insist that these do not last long. Another dispute relates to the impact of coming off anti-depressants: again there are often two sides to this argument with one side saying the impact of coming off the medications is minimal while others say that the impact of withdrawal can last months or years. Another concept, the idea of depression being caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals. has been shown to be inaccurate and this has been acknowledged by psychiatrists in the UK.
In truth, no one can predict the impact a particular medication can have on someone. It is best that users of any mental health medication inform themselves as to what might be the side effects and impact of long-term use.
Here is a link to the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry in the UK which gives one perspective on the recent controversy: http:cepuk.org/