Antidepressants make you more depressed
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Antidepressants make you more depressed. And if you’re lucky, the drug may have absolutely no effect at all, and certainly won’t lift the depression, new research has discovered.
Around half of all people taking an antidepressant have “treatment-resistant depression” (TRD), which means the drug does not help their condition. But there is a smaller minority who develop “chronic depressive syndrome” – which means their depression worsens – as a direct consequence of taking an antidepressant, such as Prozac.
Researchers from the Louisville School of Medicine call the drug-induced depression “tardive dysphoria”, mirroring tardive dyskinesia, which is caused by antipsychotic drugs. Tardive dysphoria is “an active process in which a depressive picture is caused by continued administration of the antidepressant.”
(Source: Medical Hypotheses, 2011; 76: 769-73).