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FRIDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- FRIDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors and their patients need a more balanced picture of the risks and benefits of the popular antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a new report contends.
Current practices and research methods tend to exaggerate the benefits and underestimate the risks of suicide posed by the drugs, according to an "analysis and comment" published in the July 8 issue of the British Medical Journal.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
I've suffered from Depression for PROBABLY close to 20 years. I was recently "officially" diagnosed. I've had to stop taking any medicines, because I have no insurance, and no money, but the first medicine they tried me on was Zoloft. After three weeks of that, there was no change in how I felt, and I ended up in the Emergency Room getting 8 stitches put in my wrist, after I cut it open for the 9th (and worst) time. Seven were superficial, 1 required steristrips, and 1 required stitches and nicked the artery in my wrist.
The second attempt was Paxil. Paxil had the exact opposite effect of Zoloft. On the Zoloft I was sleeping 3 hours a night or so. On the Paxil I was sleeping between 10 and 14 hours a day. I finally said I couldn't take it anymore, and just went cold turkey. I still have some horribly bad days, but it's not as bad as it was on the meds.
I know it's just a matter of finding the right one for me, and that some people have had great effect with the ones that I didn't, but for me personally the two they tried were worse than the depression.
Originally posted by the doc
SSRI's have been under scruitiny by the UK NICE for a while now and have been restricted to use in persons over 18 AND prescribed by a Psychiatric physicisan only.There are many court cases in progress in the UK at present.