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.