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Hooked on Happy Pills: Internal Bleeding. Strokes. Birth Defects. The Long Term Effects of Antidepressants Are Terrifying

Health & Wellness  (tags: Stroke, antidepressants, health, chemical boost, drugs, addiction, treatment )

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Just a few years ago, Yasmin Miller would have been horrified by the suggestion she might take antidepressants for the rest of her life. But today, the 37-yearold can barely imagine a future without this daily chemical boost.


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gail dair (0)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 12:15 am
thanks noted

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 4:48 am
Thanks Sophie :)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 6:19 am
I have been on Prozac for years. Not one of my doctors has suggested going off it!?

Tracy Moavero (0)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 10:43 pm
I can't believe Care2 sent this over Twitter! Reposting from the Daily Maill?! Why not the NY Post next time? The Daily Mail characteristically gets it wrong right from the fear mongering headline. Antidepressants aren't "happy pills." They're medication for people with a serious medical condition. They're no more "happy pills" than insulin is "happy serum." Next is a list of supposed long term effects, which are for rare cases and don't apply to all anti-depressants. What medications don't have a list of warnings that could make your head spin?

Anti-depressants are not addictive either, and it's unfortunate the the Daily Mail throws the word around so lightly. Withdrawal from certain anti-depressants can have unpleasant side effects, which is why no one should EVER go off their meds without careful supervision by their doctor. The withdrawal symptoms vary, some having none at alll, but nothing so bad that people can't go off, and it needs to be done slowly, in small increments.

In terms of depression relapse after going off meds, that's something else that needs careful monitoring. Some people do fine, but others need to go back on or to find another prescription or, in the case of most people with bipolar disorder, a mix of medications. Serious mood disorders sometimes do require long term medication, though some people only need several months to get them over the hump during treatment. That's why it's important to see a psychiatrist, not a general or family physician, when dealing with depression. GPs aren't trained for this stuff - from correctly diagnosing a problem to finding appropriate treatment. GPs often get both wrong, and they don't deal with the nonmedical elements of treatment.

One of those elements is talk therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has an especially good track rate for helping people. One way of looking at anti-depressants is that they help someone function well enough so they can work on their personal problems with the help of a counselor. Some people don't need meds, but those who do have a hard time functioning well enough to get talk therapy or do much else they need to get better such as getting exercise, resting, eating well, and building supportive personal relationships.

Anti-depressants shouldn't make a person not experience ups and downs, either. They typically keep someone from swinging so low they have a hard time functioning. You should still feel highs and lows, but those swings, the lows in particular, aren't so severe.

If anyone on anti-depressants or any other medications for mood disorders has a question about them, please contact your doctor. You can also research the medication online on reputable medical websites. Also, for information on depression, please go to trustworthy resources like the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at, Mental Health America at, or the National Alliance on Mental Illness at

Care2, you really did your followers/supporters a disservice by promoting this article. There is already too much misinformation out there about mental illness, and that makes it harder for people to get proper treatment. Please exercise more caution when posting on this topic in the future. NAMI and Mental Health America would be two great resources, and there are some great advocacy action opportunities to promote from Mental Health America in particular.

Julia S (9)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 11:37 pm
An interesting read...

thanks Sophie :)

Heather A (2)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 8:30 am
i've been on and off prescription antidepressants for about 3 years now.. i'm currently off with every intention to stay that way! this website has been very helpful with that and posts like this only make my determination stronger! thank you for posting :)

Anna M (18)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 9:42 am
I have fibromyalgia and have had it since the mid 90's.
at first the doctors thought it was "all in my head" and prescribed antidepressants which made me feel worse than ever. I tried 5 of them before I said "never again" I also have found many uses tips for dealing with the secondary depression that can happen with this disease. Big pharma would have you believe their pills are the answer to everything, and for some they are, but not for most.

Sue L (73)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 10:51 am
Tracy, you offer sound and balanced advice and I agree heartily with your observations. This certainly isn't a balanced article but designed to scare people away from anti-depressants. They are not the complete answer to depression but they can play a large role in helping people to feel well enough to function in conjunction with talk therapy. Antidepressants should not be used alone to treat depression but are a great help for many people when used together with talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and the close supervision of a psychiatrist.

Susanne OFFLINE (23)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 5:37 pm
I have fibromyalgia as well, and usually you get prescribed antidepressive as well, it didnīt work for me though...i felt "drowsy" mostly in the daytime, so iīve stopped!
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