With depression, anxiety and suicide all on the rise, it’s becoming increasingly crucial to get to the root causes of all this misery. An astounding 1 in 6 Americans are now on psychiatric medication. Among adult women, the ratio is 1 in 4. Despite such pervasive antidepressant use, we’ve not seen any improvement at all in depression rates. On the contrary, it just seems to be getting worse.
Part of the problem appears to be antidepressants themselves. As noted by Kirsch, these drugs “induce biological vulnerability” that actually raises your risk of chronic and/or worsening depression. But other nonpsychiatric drugs also play a role, and this is something few are aware of or take into consideration. According to recent research, 38 percent of American adults are on one or more medications that can cause depression as a side effect.
Nearly 10 percent are on three drugs or more known to cause depression. “Importantly, many of the medications associated with depression as a potential side effect include commonly used prescription drugs — some of which are also available over-the-counter without a prescription,” lead author Dima Qato, a pharmacy researcher at the University of Illinois, told Reuters.
Unfortunately, few ever take the time to investigate the typically long list of potential side effects for each and every drug they take. Fewer still suspect medication as the culprit when their mood takes a nosedive. Doctors are also more likely to simply prescribe an antidepressant than do the detective work required to determine whether the depression might be caused by a drug you’re on.
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