Postnatal Depression And Me

Georgia Handley | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Parents
Georgia Handley

My journey of depression hasn't ended yet. I am managing it with medication still. I know I still need my antidepressants but am often plagued with shame for still relying on them and fear that I will never survive without them.

'A Prescription For Murder' Left Me Sad, Angry And With Very Little Respect For Panorama

James Woods | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
James Woods

Last night, BBC's long running 'investigative' documentary programme, Panorama, aired its latest film on BBC One. The show entitled 'A Prescription For Murder' had been met with criticism from many mental health campaigners and professionals.

As Someone Who Takes SSRI Antidepressants BBC Panorama Angered And Distressed Me

Sophie Davies | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK
Sophie Davies

I found the documentary extremely distressing. As a very caring and empathetic person (traits that remain unchanged despite my exposure to SSRIs), I found it deeply upsetting that somebody who watched this programme could draw correlation between my profile and that of a serial killer. The BBC had a responsibility to safeguard a potential audience of SSRI takers whose lives had been benefitted by this drug, but of course, the experience of the majority was omitted from the programme.

Psychiatry V Psychology - A Consumer's View

Lucy Nichol | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Nichol

Have you seen the Twitter war? The psychologists v psychiatrists war of words in 140 characters. It can be as caustic as JK Rowling v Donald Trump, except in this war, as far as I can tell, there isn't an obvious bad guy. And in this war, capital letters are only used for diagnoses and prescription pills.

On Pain, Mental Health, Opioid Addiction, Spirituality And Kung Fu

Carmine Pariante | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Carmine Pariante

A few weeks ago, Crystal and I, with many other students, joined the grading to our next level of Kung Fu training. Kung Fu grading is a stressful business, and it is difficult for everybody. But for Crystal, it should have been impossible. Or at least so it seemed, last year.

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 16.08.2017 | 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 09.06.2017 | 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 06.05.2017 | 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.