Antidepressants are not the answer

Suicide among adolescents has become one of the biggest growing problems in the world. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages ten to twenty-four, and it has been reported that more young adults die from suicide than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, stroke, pneumonia, birth defects, chronic lung disease, and influenza combined. As teen depression and suicide rates continue to increase, many youths have decided to turn to antidepressants for help, one of the most common treatments being used to fight teen depression today. However, many concerned parents have been speaking out recently about their teens’ experiences with antidepressants, claiming that antidepressants only worsened their child’s condition and lead to them taking their own lives.

The idea that a long-term exposure to antidepressants can lead to a severe, constant treatment-resistant depression has actually been around for over twenty years as researchers have been presenting evidence of this somewhat ironic dilemma since at least 1994. Although many people who begin to take antidepressants will likely see short-term enhancements, which will then prompt both the patient and doctor to believe the drugs are working, these improvements are not substantially higher than those by patients treated with a placebo (a harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed for the psychological benefit to the patient, not for any physiological effect). Once a patient begins using antidepressants, a sudden discontinuation of taking the pills will result in a high risk of relapse, and a long-term use of the drugs is likely to lead to persistent episodes of depression. This is a matter that should have been heavily researched upon these findings; however no organized psychiatry has plans to launch any such investigation. So for now, teens and adults of all ages who are interested in taking antidepressants need to do extensive research on the subject to find out if taking the pills will actually benefit them because they will severely regret it if their antidepressants only make their conditions worse.

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