Today I will be writing my blog on whether antidepressants actually work, and whether their increased popularity nowadays is worth the hype.
So first of all, i think its most important to put this little fact out there: researchers and scientists don’t actually know how antidepressants work. Yes, a lot of information about them is known and the way research is going, we will probably find out their working method soon, but as of now that is still a mystery. This means that for us to say that antidepressants are good for us or cause health benefits isn’t really a truthful or well backed up statement.
In addition, recent studies have shown that ‘people taking antidepressants have a 33 percent higher risk of premature death compared with people who aren’t.’ However, this has not been proven through causation, researchers have just seen a sportive correlation between the two.
Another point to consider is that the long-term effects of using antidepressants has not been looked into as much as short-term or temporary effects. This means that even though these drugs seem to cause modest benefits, they could contribute to high health risks in fate future.
Overall, antidepressants are not as useful and beneficial as they seem to be – its important to make sure you understand the potential benefits and risks of any antidepressants you take, and consult a doctor or professional immediately if you have any doubts. As said by Professor Carmine Pariante, spokesperson for the Royal College of Psychiatrists…
“This meta-analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants, clearly showing that these drugs do work in lifting mood and helping most people with depression.”
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