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 23.03.2016 | 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 18.11.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 29.10.2015 | 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 09.07.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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...

One of My Life's Primary Missions - To Help Other People Understand and Overcome Depression

Rob Delaney | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Delaney

I think it's important to explain that major depression is not even peripherally related to "sadness." Depression is the absence of emotion. I never cried during my darkest periods of depression. Crying would have been A HOLIDAY. It would have been F***ING CHRISTMAS. A fight or a feeling of anger would have been AN EASTER EGG HUNT AT DISNEYLAND.

The Pursuit of Happiness...

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Sad news this week of two City bankers who committed suicide, both in the prime of their lives. We have all visited that dark place where we have contemplated whether life continues to be worth living. Just this week, a friend send me a plaintive message that read something like this: 'life, job, love, all suck'.

Sleep Drug Modafinil Could Be Used To Treat Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Anti-depressants are not a one-size fits all solution for people with depression and for some, they aren't compatible at all. A new study gives fr...

Seeking a Light Beyond Depression

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

For a couple of weeks I'd taken snapshots of glorious dawn skies from my bedroom window and posted them on Facebook, to modest acclaim from a few fait...

Therapy or Medication for a Citalopram Nation?

Daniel Warner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

It saddens me that for many who don't have a support network or the finance to see a therapist, they will be handed a box of pills to chemically alter their mood or thoughts.

Antidepressants Linked To Weight Gain And Diabetes

PA | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Doctors should think twice when prescribing antidepressants as they could pose a risk of diabetes, research has claimed. A review by the University...

Creating Hope Out of Your Depression

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

When I told people I was going to go around the country and talk to dozens of people about their depression, the common response was "Oh, that sounds really depressing." But it was actually the opposite. The remarkable courage and creativity that people - dealing with depression and striving to get better - demonstrated, showed me the human spirit at its best.