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Side effects of antidepressants as reported by patients
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Three-fourths of people (74%) taking antidepressants long-term reported withdrawal symptoms when they stopped their drug according to data from 180 patients who had taken antidepressants for 3-15 years.
89% reported antidepressants had improved their depression.
30% reported moderate-to-severe depression on antidepressants.
72% reported sexual problems on antidepressants.
65% reported failure to reach orgasm on antidepressants.
65% reported weight gain on antidepressants.
65% reported feeling emotionally numb on antidepressants.
55% reported “feeling not like myself” on antidepressants.
46% reported “reduced positive feelings” on antidepressants.
36% reported “caring less about others” on antidepressants.
43% reported feeling “addicted” to their antidepressant.
36% reported “suicidality” on antidepressants.
Cartwright C, Gibson K, Read J, Cowan O, and Dehar T. Long-term antidepressant use: patient perspectives of benefits and adverse effects. Patient Prefer Adherence, 2016; 10: 1401-1407.
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