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Antidepressants May Bring on Long-term Depression

Posted on February 21, 2012

Can long-term exposure to antidepressants actually make you more susceptible to long-term depression? According to Dr. Peter Breggin, who writes for The Huffington Post, they can and he cites a recent study to back up his assertion.

The study, which reviewed antidepressant literature, concluded that after showing initial positive results from the use of antidepressants, patients can became resistant to treatment and actually see their depression worsen. The study labeled the phenomena “tardive dysphoria” — a process where long-term use of antidepressants might actually perpetuate depression and contribute to chronic, treatment-resistant depression.

Depression affects five percent of people worldwide and six percent of Americans. In fact, antidepressants are the second most prescribed group of drugs in the United States.

According to Breggin, studies show that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants contribute to apathy and disengagement in adults and can cause brain injuries, such as cognitive and frontal lobe function losses. Other studies indicate that exposure to SSRI’s may result in persistent biochemical changes in the brain.

Growing Concerns

This and other studies are adding to the growing list of literature on the negative side-affects of antidepressants — from heightened violence and suicide risks in some patients to a higher risk of birth complications, including birth defects.

The Jacksonville dangerous drug attorneys at Farah & Farah will continue keeping tabs on developments concerning antidepressants and their harmful side effects. If you think a drug you have taken has harmed you, please give us a call at (800) 533-3555 so our knowledgeable team can investigate your claim and start working on your case right away.

Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/antidepressants-long-term-depression_b_1077185.html; http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/What_are_the_real_risks_of_antidepressants.htm