Patients who use anti-depressants are more likely to suffer relapse, researcher finds

Posted on August 2, 2011


One of the missions of this website is to provide current and relevant information about the risks of long term use of psychotropic medications. Today I wanted to share an article on recent research behind some of the questions surrounding long term use of anti-depressants and potential for relapse.

I found this article via the National Empowerment Center; click here to read at the NEC website: www.power2u.org/

At the end of this excerpt is a link to this article at Sciencedaily.com

An excerpt:

In a paper that is likely to ignite new controversy in the hotly debated field of depression and medication, evolutionary psychologist Paul Andrews concludes that patients who have used anti-depressant medications can be nearly twice as susceptible to future episodes of major depression.

Andrews, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, is the lead author of a new paper in the journal Frontiers of Psychology.

The meta-analysis suggests that people who have not been taking any medication are at a 25 per cent risk of relapse, compared to 42 per cent or higher for those who have taken and gone off an anti-depressant.

Andrews and his colleagues studied dozens of previously published studies to compare outcomes for patients who used anti-depressants compared to those who used placebos.

They analyzed research on subjects who started on medications and were switched to placebos, subjects who were administered placebos throughout their treatment, and subjects who continued to take medication throughout their course of treatment.

Andrews says anti-depressants interfere with the brain’s natural self-regulation of serotonin and other neurotransmitters, and that the brain can overcorrect once medication is suspended, triggering new depression.

Knowledge is power.

Read more here:  Patients who use anti-depressants are more likely to suffer relapse, researcher finds.

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