What are the benefits and harms of antidepressants?

Posted onFebruary 3, 2020

According to statistics, about 40% of people around the world live in non-stop mode. Such an intense pace of life, combined with mental stress, lack of rest and poor nutrition negatively affects the human body. There is a depletion of the nervous system, as a result of which chronic stress, neurosis, and then depression occur.

Depression is a dangerous and underestimated disease, characterized by a depressed psychological state, a feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, irritability, interest in life disappears, a feeling of hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. In the absence of proper treatment, this condition can lead to serious consequences and cause complex mental illness and attempted suicide.

Of course, depression, like any other disease, requires treatment. But in this condition, people are usually not in a hurry to find the cause of the disease, but immediately goes for sedatives to the pharmacy, in particular antidepressants. As you know, even a short intake of such drugs can quickly solve the problem of a decadent state, providing a person with the desired reassurance, uplifting and coloring the surrounding world with different colors. But is it that simple? Recent studies show that antidepressants do not bring any benefit, but only harm the human body.

How antidepressants work

According to doctors, the effect of psychotropic drugs (antidepressants) is aimed at regulating the chemical imbalance in the body, compensating for the lack of such hormones of joy and happiness as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. After receiving such a “charge of vivacity and joy,” people forget about their worries and worries, they lose their lethargy and apathy, and they have a good sleep, good mood and appetite.

After reading the instructions for these drugs, it immediately becomes clear that they are not able to solve the problem of depression, because they do not affect the cause of its occurrence and do not eliminate stress factors. Thus, after a certain time after taking medication is completed, depression again makes itself felt. Thus, the question arises: is it worth taking drugs that are not able to treat, but only temporarily mask the problem?

What is the danger of taking antidepressants

According to the results of modern studies of antidepressants, it has been established that such drugs are not only ineffective, but also harm human health. After analyzing the harm from the use of antidepressants, doctors identified two key problems – addiction to the drug with further withdrawal syndrome and liver damage.

If we talk about liver damage, then the greatest harm to the body is caused by the amitiptilin component, which belongs to the group of tricyclic antidepressants. Its prolonged use can cause toxic drug hepatitis. Although the “withdrawal syndrome” is no less dangerous for the body. Those people who suffer from depression and chronic stress are constantly on antidepressants. Consequently, a sharp rejection of their use can provoke attacks of pronounced aggression in them, and sometimes even with attempts to lay their hands on themselves. This condition can be caused by an acute deficit of serotonin, the normal level of which was previously artificially ensured by the use of antidepressants. To avoid the appearance of withdrawal syndrome, the cessation of antidepressant use should be smooth.

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