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December 17th, 2012, 09:32
Most things mentioned here are not new, several issues are taken much too far. There is a huuuge step from restlessness and unstable moods to dangerous aggressive behaviour.
Some effects, including suicide risk are connected to how the drugs affect two basic categories of symptoms of depression: deep sadness and hopelessness, and lack of initiative. The latter protects some patients, they may want to commit suicide, but they're unabke to go through with it. Antidepressants affect both symptoms, but the initiative returns first, and that may be a problem: Still deep down emotionally, but now capable of doing what he/she previously only could think about. In the long term, the drugs reduce the risk of suicide, but there is, especially for young people an increased risk initially. But contrary to older drugs (Tricyclic antidepressants), SSRI's are not toxic, suicide attempts are therefore less likely to succeed now.
No matter what, antidepressants should not be used indiscriminately, and when used always under close follow-up by a doctor. Too many patients receive these drugs, and too many of them are left to themselves.
pibbur who has first hand experience with several of the drugs and are quite familiar with some of the side effects.
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