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Long-term antidepressants increase risk of converting to bipolar disorder says Robert Whitaker
Sunday, June 19, 2016 10:24 am Email this article
Long-term use of antidepressants increase the risk of converting depression to manic depression, that is, from unipolar depression to bipolar depression according to author and journalist Robert Whitaker as he noted in a 2010 interview that he did with Joseph Mercola, DO.
‘Incredible extraordinary boom in bipolar diagnoses… is definitely tied to the widespread use of antidepressants’
Robert Whitaker says, “And you definitely see this that the drugs are meant to rouse, right?
“That the risk of having a manic episode or a quasipsychotic episode when you go on an antidepressant is real and so one of the things we’ve seen with the use of the SSRI is of course is this incredible extraordinary boom in bipolar diagnoses and that is definitely tied to the widespread use of antidepressants.”
25-50% of children on antidepressants for 5 years convert to bipolar disorder because of the drugs
Whitaker says, “Now, in kids, something like 25% to 50% of all kids placed on an antidepressant, who stays on that antidepressant for five years will convert to bipolar illness.”
About 25% of adults taking antidepressants long-term convert to bipolar disorder
Whitaker says, “With adults, it seems like about 25% of long-term of users that begin with a diagnosis of unipolar depression will convert to bipolar.”
“Now, bipolar used to be a fairly rare disorder but now it’s becoming much more common [because of antidepressants].”
Bipolar Disorder treated with a cocktail of drugs
He goes on to say, “Well, when you convert from depression to bipolar, now you’re in a category where you’re often treated with a cocktail of medications including an antipsychotic medication and long-term bipolar outcomes are really problematic in this country.”
“Only about 35% of bipolar patients now are employed.”
Robert Whitaker’s Book
Robert Whitaker is the author of the wonderful book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America .
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