Friday, July 1, 2011

New Antidepressant Induced Chronic Depression Has a Name: Tardive Dysphoria

I love Gianna Kali. She really nailed it in today's post about now antidepressant-induced chronic depression has a name:Tardive Dysphoria. If you don't read Gianna, she is one of my favorite bloggers and one of the first five people that helped and influenced me when I was the new blogger on the block. I highly recommend her, she should be in everyone's RSS feeds.

From Gianna's post.

Robert Whitaker continues to be on the ball. His latest article on psychology today is about the phenomena of chronic depression being caused by anti-depressant use. This is good documented evidence for those who still want to believe drugs are always the answer. Most of us were not ever told about these sorts of risks.
Three recently published papers, along with a report by a Minnesota group on health outcomes in that state, provide new reason to mull over this question: Do antidepressants worsen the long-term course of depression? As I wrote in Anatomy of an Epidemic, I believe there is convincing evidence that the drugs do just that. These latest papers add to that evidence base. (the whole article)
Whitaker’s been saying this for a while and collected such information in the past.
This post from a year ago also speaks to this issue: Before excessive drug treatments NIMH declared depression “on the whole” a diagnosis with best prognosis for recovery: not so anymore.
Whitaker’s two seminal works on psychiatry:
And lots more of Whitaker’s work on this blog here.

Thanks Gianna. I personally met Robert Whitaker two weeks ago at Psych Out, and all I can say this man is kind, as well as erudite and a very good public speaker. His books, "Anatomy of an Epidemic" and "Mad in America" should be on everyone's book shelf and read in the schools just like other non fiction books that changed the way America thinks like "The Jungle" and "And the Band Played on". "Anatomy" will be released in paperback on August 2 and is available for pre order on Amazon.


Deputy's Wife said...

I'm glad you mentioned this. I went to see my Psych Doc on Wednesday, and told her that since I've been on this anti-depressant, I've been more depressed. She looked at me like I was crazy and said it must be something else, that we could try another anti. What sense does that freaking make?! I'm glad I'm not imagining this, and that it's for real.

California Doctor said...

I'm happy I found this blog because I have had trouble finding people with a similar experience or background for this type issue. I realized that my symptoms were getting worse and this anti-depressant was not helping. However, I was told that at times initially it can have this effect, but how long is to long?

shah said...

I'm, presently trying to come off my meds (seroquel)- I took my head out of the sand after various side-effects began emerging two or three years in. I read a lot and gound the future doesn't look bright for me on it, and will have to try living without it on alternatives for a while. At the very least it'll give my body a well deserved break.

Please consider linking this great article at my blog linky esp for mental health bloggers.
Shah. X

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