We all know someone who has suffered from depression at some point in our lives, whether it is a friend, a family member, or even ourselves. While many people come out their depression in time, others may choose to seek either medical or therapeutic treatments. Doctors may prescribe antidepressants to patients, drugs intended to help people control their depression so that they may return to their normal activities in life. However, like many treatments, these drugs may have adverse side effects that make one ask if the risk is really worth the reward.
In research presented by the University of Liverpool, the side effects of antidepressants may be more harmful than previously studied. While a high percentage of those aged 18-25 that participated in a survey about their antidepressant use claimed to no longer feel depressed due to the use of antidepressants, many side effects other than the physical effects of weight gain and nausea were reported. These side effects included difficulties with sexual activity, emotional numbness, feeling abnormal from their usual selves, loss of positive feelings, loss of caring about others, withdrawal effects, and even increased thoughts of suicide.
With the severity of the side effects, one would have to question if it would still be beneficial to partake in the use of antidepressants. Furthermore, doctors should have great concern about prescribing such treatments to patients, especially those that are already a suicide risk. In a world where people swallow pills without a second thought on how it may be hurting them more than it helps, we need to learn to deeply consider how terrible a circumstance needs to be before resorting to a concoction of unnatural substances formed into a tablet or bar and if is the only way to find relief.
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