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My only question regarding this paper is to wonder how many of the 45% who didn't *report* WD, actually experienced it but coded it as relapse and restarted the drug, or another drug. Not sure of the copyright status of this paper, as it wasn't on PubMed, so not copying any of the content, but it's well worth a read.

 

Addictive Behaviors, Available online 30 November 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106157

How common and severe are six withdrawal effects from, and addiction to, antidepressants? The experiences of a large international sample of patients

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How common and severe are six withdrawal effects from, and addiction to, antidepressants? The experiences of a large international sample of patients

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Oliver1974

I do not see a link to this information.

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Shep

@bubbles I made that second link active in your opening post. Thanks for posting this.  Very interesting read. 

 

These are the highlights listed from data generated by an online survey from 867 people from 31 countries: 

 

  • Over half (55%) of people who had tried to come off or reduce antidepressants report some degree of difficulty coming off, with 27% ticking ‘very difficult’
  • 61% report ‘withdrawal effects’, with 44% of these describing the effects as ‘severe’
  • 40% report ‘addiction’, with 39% of these describing their addiction as ‘severe’
  • ‘Anxiety/panic’ (66%) and ‘Irritability (62%) are particularly common.
  • Less than 1% had been told anything about withdrawal effects or dependence.

 

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