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We are a team of experts with the goal of helping  people understand the risks of taking antidepressants.

 

Antidepressants have helped many with the debilitating  symptoms of depression, anxiety and other conditions.

 

They can also have dangerous and life-threatening side effects. 

The aims of this site are:

 

  • to stand up for those whose lives have been damaged and stolen and to give them a voice. See Stolen Lives.
     

  • to make people aware of the long term effects of taking antidepressants and the difficulty of withdrawal which in extreme cases can lead to suicide.​ 

We are committed to creating campaigns that will help prevent antidepressant induced suicides and reduce the impact on people's lives when an adverse drug reaction goes unrecognised. 

We are a non-profit organisation and rely on your donations.

We have  started a petition - The Question That Will Save Lives. This is  to get suicide prevention services to ask callers if they are taking medication that can cause suicidal ideation (thoughts about killing yourself). Please sign and share here.

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COMMONLY PRESCRIBED ANTIDEPRESSANTS

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People can suffer debilitating side effects that may continue after they stop the drug.

These include emotional bluntness, anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure), suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances, weight gain, loss of fertility, diabetes, brain fog, persistent dizziness, visual disturbances  and sexual problems. 

PSSD (Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction) is a condition where sufferers continue to have sexual dysfunction after stopping taking antidepressants and can be permanent.

 

Since 2019 the European Medicines Agency has required drug companies to put warnings in their patient information leaflets that sexual problems may persist after coming off antidepressants that act on the serotonin system.   Sufferers report genital numbness, erectile dysfunction, inability to orgasm and emotional blunting. 

"While these drugs help some people in the short term, there is growing evidence that long term use leads to worse outcomes and many patients report devastating persistent withdrawal and other negative effects"

2019 British Parliamentary Inquiry

​There is now evidence that millions are trapped into taking antidepressants indefinitely because withdrawal symptoms are so severe.

 

According to a review of studies led by the University of Roehampton more than half (56%) of people who stopped or reduced their intake of antidepressants experienced withdrawal symptoms, with almost half of these people (46% ) reporting symptoms as severe.

These include insomnia, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, mania, depersonalisation and depression.

In some cases reactions are so severe that patients report 'brain zaps' - these are electrical shock sensations in the brain which may extend down the body. 

 

It can take many months or years to come off antidepressants safely. 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists have published a guide - Stopping Antidepressants.​

Hooked on Antidepressants - The Evidence

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Dr. Ed White was a co-founder of this website. He suffered debilitating withdrawal effects and took his life in October 2021

Click here to read Ed's story.

The most dangerous time for those who react adversely to antidepressants is within the first few weeks of going on them, around any change of dose (up or down), during and after withdrawal. 

Extreme Reactions

Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life threatening condition that can be triggered by a single dose of an antidepressant. Symptoms can include confusion, agitation, muscle twitching, sweating, shivering, diarrhoea, fits, unconsciousness and psychosis. 

The NHS and similar websites around the world advise that if you experience any of the above symptoms of serotonin syndrome you should stop taking the medicine and seek immediate advice from your GP, specialist or emergency services. 

Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin Syndrome

A very common sign that someone is having a dangerous reaction to medication is that they develop a condition called akathisia.

 

This is a life-threatening  condition that occurs in some people after starting, changing or withdrawing from psychiatric medication.

The medication attacks the nervous system creating the following symptoms: 

  • An intense inner restlessness with need for constant movement.
     

  • Pacing, shuffling feet, rocking back and forth on feet.
     

  • Foot stomping or rocking when seated.
     

  • Inability to sleep.
     

  • Panic attacks.
     

  • Overwhelming sense of paranoia, terror and fear.
     

  • Unrelenting and impulsive thoughts of violence and death.
     

  • A feeling of wanting to rip off one's skin/escape a physical torture.

Akathisia can lead sufferers to harm or kill themselves.

Akathisia

Akathisia

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Extreme Outcomes

Suicide

Suicide

According to drug company data 1 in 100 people have a severe adverse reaction to antidepressants  that results in a desire to kill themselves. Unpublished trial data puts this figure at between 2% - 5%. Other studies of healthy volunteers have shown up to 10% of people who have never had depression have become suicidal from taking an antidepressant. 

 

Suicidal ideation (thoughts about killing yourself) can happen  within just hours from  people taking a single dose of an antidepressant. This is often mistaken for a sign that their depression is worsening.

Some survivors of these effects report that the desire to kill themselves stemmed from acute physical and mental agony caused by a condition called akathisia (see above)

 

Others report that they become confused, detached from their actions and may  go into a dream-like state in which they feel compelled to harm themselves and/or others. 

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Jon took his own life days after taking citalopram.
Click here to read about Jon.

Homicide

Homicide and Violence

There have been well documented cases of antidepressants causing homicide and violence.

Like suicide, this can be the result of  akathisia or an antidepressant induced psychosis. 

15 courts of law around the world have attributed homicidal behaviour to a defendant's use of antidepressants leading to acquittal or a more lenient sentence.

The legal defence in these cases is 'involuntary intoxication' or 'automatism'. 

 

Antidepressant induced violence is not always recognised by courts. The result is that there are a number of people in prisons around the world for crimes that they, and experts, believe were caused by antidepressants.

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Kurt served 24 years for killing his father after a violent reaction to Prozac.

Click here to read Kurt's story.

Long Term Risks of Antidepressants

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