Antidepressants: 7 Must-Read Studies For Patients And Psychologists

Do antidepressant do more harm than good?

Do antidepressant do more harm than good?

While people are no more depressed now than they were 20 years ago, antidepressant use has tripled in this period.

Despite the surge, relatively little is known about how they work.

There is scant evidence that they ‘correct a chemical imbalance in the brain’, as drug marketers claim.

This raises many question, including:

  • Do antidepressants do more harm than good?
  • Do they really improve people’s quality of life compared with not taking them?
  • How easy or hard is it to come off them?
  • What is the best way to quit?

Below are 7 studies from the members-only section of PsyBlog that try to answer these questions, and more:

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  1. Antidepressants: Pros And Cons And How They Should Be Prescribed
  2. How Antidepressants Affect Long-Term Quality Of Life
  3. How Stopping Antidepressants Affects Relapse Risk
  4. Depression NOT Caused By Low Serotonin Levels, Large Review Finds
  5. The Real Risks Of Taking Antidepressants
  6. The Best Way To Quit Antidepressants
  7. Antidepressants Kill Positive Emotions Too: Why That’s Dangerous


Author: Jeremy Dean

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology. He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book "Making Habits, Breaking Habits" (Da Capo, 2013) and several ebooks.

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