Antidepressants: Why Is Medicating Your Mind Such A Taboo?

Rachel Rogers | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Rogers

I'm on medication. I'm on four tablets a day for my mental illness. I'm not ashamed. I've been on this medication for over a year, and honestly, I don't know where I'd be without it. Medication gets me through each day. Without it, I can barely leave my bed.

Warning Issued Over Prescribing Antidepressants For Health Issues Like Insomnia And PMT

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Little is known about the effects of antidepressants on health issues such as insomnia and migraine. Yet they’re still prescribed by some doctors to...

Do Antidepressants Save Lives? A Comment On The 2016 Interim Report On Suicide Prevention By The House Of Commons Health Select Committee

Carmine Pariante | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Carmine Pariante

Antidepressants are always in the news, but the messages coming across are often contradictory. For example, in most countries the use of antidepressa...

What's Wrong With Anti-Depressants

Johanna Sartori | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Johanna Sartori

Radio 5Live chose to mark "Blue Monday" by questioning the prescription of antidepressants and whether or not they are overused. Anyone who has live...

Amanda Seyfried On Why She'll Never Stop Taking Antidepressants

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Amanda Seyfried has opened up about why she’ll never come off the antidepressants, which help to keep her mental illness in check. The 30-year-old ...

The Reality Of Antidepressants

Hannah Rainey | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Rainey

They give you medication to stop depression and suicidal thoughts, but the medication itself induces suicidal thoughts for the first couple of weeks. For that reason, I'm glad I slept for so much of the time. When I was awake, I'd just be thinking about how sharp the knife was that my boyfriend was eating with.

The Trial and Error Days of Antidepressant Drug Treatment Could Soon Be Over

Cal Strode | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cal Strode

It is rare in science that a study will show 100% anything. Today this has happened. Scientists at Kings College London have developed a blood test that they say 'accurately and reliably predicts whether people living with depression will respond to common antidepressants'. This could mark a real sea change in antidepressant drug treatment.

We Need to Talk About Anti-Depressants

Naomi Cooper | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi Cooper

I believed coming off them would be an achievement, regardless of whether or not I still needed them. I can't imagine a diabetic being so eager to stop taking their insulin, or a patient swatting away painkillers after an operation because they don't want to appear 'weak'.

Three Simple Dietary Changes for Mental Health

Liana Werner-Gray | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liana Werner-Gray

Elements that are essential for brain health include B vitamins, folate and zinc. People who get these micronutrients may have lower risk of depression, and have what they need to restore a chemical imbalance in the body. Foods that contain these components elevate our mood instantly.

Parents Urged 'Not To Panic' Over 'Link' Between Antidepressants And Suicide

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

Depressed children should always be offered counselling before being prescribed antidepressants, an expert has said, after a study was published sugge...

The Conversations We Should Be Having About Anti-Depressants

Natasha Barrett | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Being able to admit that you need anti-depressants and ask for the help, let alone openly talk about it, makes you a strong person in itself and mental health needs to start being taken as seriously as physical illness so people are encouraged to feel comfortable with it.

The World's Biggest Consumers Of Antidepressants Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The United Kingdom is the sixth biggest consumer of antidepressants worldwide, according to a new health report. The OECD report entitled 'Health a...

Patients Fear Antidepressants Are a "Dirty Little Habit"

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

In a society that is suspicious of depression as a medical condition, psychoactive substances, and antidepressants in particular, it is not surprising that the legitimacy of antidepressants is widely questioned. Being on antidepressants is frequently considered some kind of moral failing, and a barely legitimate practice in many quarters.

From Medication to Meditation: A Brief History of Depression Therapy

Dr. Claudia Aguirre | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Claudia Aguirre

Figures indicate nearly a third of antidepressants are prescribed for non-depressive or off-label uses, such as anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Even so, studies suggest that antidepressants are ineffective in nearly 30-50% of depressed patients, suggesting a lack of specificity in targeting the underlying biological mechanisms of depression.

Women Share Medication Selfies To Prove There's No Shame In Getting Help

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

"The best things I've done have been while medicated; the worst when I have not. Ain't no shame in my game," writes Instagram user Sare Tucker. Tuc...

These Antidepressants Pose Risks Of Birth Defects

PA | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Parents

Antidepressants such as paroxetine or Prozac taken during pregnancy have been associated with an increased risk of birth defects. Researchers in t...

Antidepressants Make People Selfless, Study Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Think your sense of morality is ingrained and can't be changed? Think again. A new study has found evidence that the way we treat others is linked ...

London's Hurting: Depression in the Capital

Dr Rafael Euba | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Dr Rafael Euba

Londoners are depressed. 12% of men and as many as 20% of women living in London had symptoms of depression or anxiety in a survey carried out by the National Centre for Social Research and the University of Leicester.

The Side-Effects Of Antidepressants Explained, In One Handy Pie Chart

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Comedy

We think that anyone who's ever taken antidepressants will raise a rueful smile at this rather brilliant 3D pie chart, created by the rather brilliant...

The Gender Gap in Depression

Dr Rafael Euba | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Dr Rafael Euba

The reasons behind the female statistical excess in the depression statistics are probably very complex and not reducible to mere hormone imbalances.

This Well-Known Antidepressant Could Help Reverse Heart Failure

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A commonly-prescribed antidepressant could be used to effectively reverse heart failure. Scientists claim that a side effect of the drug, paroxetin...

I Took Antidepressants When I Was Breastfeeding, and When I Was Pregnant

Hayley Carter | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Carter

Here is the part that makes me want to climb inside the internet and destroy all those pages of ill-advised advice about the dangers of taking antidepressants if you are breastfeeding: You can take antidepressants when you are breastfeeding. I know, because I recently did it. And guess what? It turns out me and my baby are fine...

On the Pill - The Stigma of Depression and Antidepressants

Christian Talbot | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Christian Talbot

I gave it some thought for a week, reading up on the anti-depressants that the doctor suggested and finally made the decision to give them a go. And I'm glad I did. It's probably the best decision I've made in years. Within a few weeks I was feeling much much better. Again it's hard to explain but that feeling of anxiousness has eased significantly.

The Real Truth About Antidepressants

Rachel Kelly | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

The past 17 years has taught me that it's not beyond our own powers to help ourselves. For anyone who is suffering mild anxiety, feels sad and wonders if they are depressed (you are not: if you have clinical depression, you know) please try other sanity-saving approaches before you resort to antidepressants.

Some Young People Aren't Getting Any Help With Depression, Says Major Health Expert

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Some children with depression and other mental health problems are getting no treatment at all, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists ha...