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The Truth About Coming Off Antidepressants - in the papers


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An article titled 'The truth about coming off antidepressants' ran yesterday in The Daily Telegraph and was also discussed on This Morning on ITV. This is mainstream exposure in the UK for this important subject (9th Nov, 2020).

 

The article refers to a report published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology that finds that "82 per cent of respondents reported the onset of new and unpleasant symptoms on stopping their antidepressants."

 

The article goes on to discuss the nature of those symptoms and the "shocking personal cost" suffered by many. It discusses the 2018 guidance from the Royal College of Psychiatrists insisting that symptoms were "mild and self-limiting over about one week" and how they have had to make changes to this advice, resulting in the release in September 2020 of a Patient Information Resource (online leaflet) on withdrawal from antidepressants, which is given elsewhere on this site. 

 

It's here:

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The article quotes Joanna Moncrieff, professor of critical and social psychiatry at University College London; "Doctors should stop prescribing these drugs more or less altogether. They have a huge placebo effect, and are more harmful than we realise. I do not think the evidence is there to support their further prescription."

 

I have been unable to attach a photo of the article as the file size is too large unfortunately. I have given you an outline though. 

 

 

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Newspaper article  Nov9th 2020 UK

 

https://holeousia.com/2020/11/09/the-truth-about-coming-off-antidepressants/

 

 

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8 hours ago, Ripley said:

It discusses the 2018 guidance from the Royal College of Psychiatrists insisting that symptoms were "mild and self-limiting over about one week" and how they have had to make changes to this advice, resulting in the release in September 2020 of a Patient Information Resource (online leaflet) on withdrawal from antidepressants, which is given elsewhere on this site. 

 

Topic is here:  cepuk-major-milestone-royal-college-releases-new-guidance-on-stopping-antidepressants

 

Link to the leaflet:  Stopping antidepressants

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