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.

3 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

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