The Guardian: How long should you stay on antidepressants?

CEP members Dr James Davies and Prof Peter Gøtzsche both feature in an article in The Guardian which considers how long patients should stay on antidepressants, and whether they are addictive.

The paper quotes Dr Davies: “Dependence can be physical or psychological.  People may feel they are only better because they take the drug.”  It also describes Prof Gøtzsche’s view that doctors can confuse symptoms of withdrawal with a return of depression, leading to reinstatement and trapping people on the drug for life.

The paper also cites a Royal College of Psychiatrists survey which showed that 63% of respondents suffered withdrawal symptoms when coming off.  Nevertheless, the Royal College still insists that the drugs are not addictive.

10 Responses to The Guardian: How long should you stay on antidepressants?

  1. orli 05/04/2017 at 10:58 am #

    The Royal College are not the people who can help in this. For the look of it they do not seem have enough knowledge to help patients to come out of this nightmare and to stop others to go into this trap. We need PSYCHIATRIST and PROFESSIONALS that support to come out of this drugs because they are aware of their potential damage, people like Dr Bob Johnson have to be the consultants that can help with their knowledge and understanding.

  2. orli 05/04/2017 at 11:09 am #

    It seems to me that most of people are not aware that the so call “antidepressants” are given to all kind of patients, including the ones that suffer from “psychosis” and other “mental health illness” mixed with antipsycotics and other kind of “mood stabilizers”, therefore to start with people should be clarified first what is going on with the psychiatry in general as although is not better or worst the simptomology of a person suffering a depresion or another with abnormal thoughts is indeed very different. In both cases antipsicotics and antidepressants can become a big trap for the rest of their lives, as not even the psychiatrist know what they are doing, as long as the patient is aware of that and wants to runs the risks that is another matter.

  3. Louise 06/04/2017 at 3:54 am #

    Interesting! I am in the process of coming of antidepressants after 40years. In some respects even if you don’t experience physical withdrawal there is the problem that life events, which can affect all of us, and the resultant problems that can be experienced will often be assumed that the symptoms that you are getting are due to medication reduction rather actually some of life’s crap which we all deal with. It takes a really good Dr to say hold in there because what is happening it’s life and what one is feeling in some ways is a rebalancing of the brain as it learns to manage with everyday stuff instead of that buffer which has so often destroyed the feelings which are part of the richness of life. The hardest thing is trying to decide when enough is enough I do need that medication in my life due to the underlying problem in my life – in my case bipolar 2

  4. درج تبلیغات رایگان 30/05/2017 at 9:47 pm #

    درج آگهی رایگان اینترنتی و یا تبلیغات ویژه در وب سایت تجاری باعث گسترش کسب و کار شما
    خواهد گردید،ما تمام تلاش خود را برای دیده شدن خدمات شما انجام خواهیم داد

  5. Lele 06/06/2017 at 9:46 am #

    Hi Louis,
    40 yrs is a mighty long time – best of luck with your process – don’t let the shrinks persuade you otherwise..

    • Louise Jessup 19/09/2017 at 3:20 pm #

      Interestingly I became unwell about 5 months after stopping the anti psychotic which they were using for its mood stabilised properties and the feeling is that I could come of anti depressants at some stage but what seems to be more crucial is staying on ability to help keep the moods stable.

  6. Sandra Villarreal 28/08/2017 at 9:48 pm #

    As a psychiatric drug survivor after being heavily medicated/drugged for 35 years followed by a Klonopin, Effexor, Lithium and Trazodone withdrawal – All cold-turkey with the blessings from my mental health-care providers in which was the most traumatic, horrific experience I have ever been through, and barely survived from. But I have my own brain back, I have my soul back. I now own my thoughts, feelings and behaviors, not my psychiatrist or big pharma. And I can’t thank you James Davies and Peter Gotzsche enough for exposing the truth about psychiatry and advocating on my/our behalf on how we’ve suffered endlessly at the hands of our psychiatrists after they refused to listen to us. God Bless you both. When I listen to either one of you magnificent human beings speak it brings tears of joy to my eyes. Finally some one listened!

    Respectfully and graciously,

    Sandra Villarreal

  7. Pam 16/10/2018 at 4:13 pm #

    I am currently trying to taper down after trying many antidepresants for 18yrs.
    Lowered from 15mg mertazapine to 7.5mg in the ladt 4 months.
    Im back to anxiety attacks and painc attacks with low mood its horrific.
    Whoever said these were easy to kick i am sorry but its horrendously hard and at times i feel icant take another day and wabt to go back to them.
    Psy hologically or not i have little help only wait three months at a time to see a psychiatrist, live alone and find it really sad that there is not much support.
    Dreadful.. i was never asked to consider antidepressants i hqd a breakdown due to problems my third attemot to get off but boy am i struggling its metally tiring and down right disheartening as you say it can look like rebound anxiety and depression which i am afraid of.
    Thanks to the psychiatrist i first had i am 8n a no better place than all those years ago and have to suffer the side effects.
    Not smarties i dont know if i csn succeed but it is sure like hell 9n earth

    • Orli 19/10/2018 at 11:07 pm #

      taper off properly means to reduce slowly the dose. To my understanding you are going to quick and is dangerous, you may need to take more time and do not reduce so much in one go, and may remain in the next lower dosis for a while until you are ready to reduce a bit more . You are the one that must tell the medical professional how slow or fast you need to go, not the other way around. There is a book from Dr Peter Breggin,
      that it may help you. Wish you a sucesfull recovery

  8. Orli 20/10/2018 at 9:56 am #

    there are some nutritional vitamins that may help you as B complex slow release ensure there are only b vitamins and no minerals or other components. Vitamin D3 is very good specially in UK as plays an important role in our neurological system, and Ginko Biloba in drops as to help blood circulation in your brain. Always ensure that they do not have other components as well to ensure what is helping you or not.

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