US Pharm. 2014;39(3):61.
Liverpool, England—More than half of patients taking
antidepressants may experience psychological side effects, according to
University of Liverpool researchers. In a survey of 1,829 people who had
been prescribed antidepressants in the past 5 years, participants chose
from a list of 20 adverse effects to describe how they had felt while
taking the medication. Participants aged 18 to 25 years reported sexual
difficulties (62%), feeling emotionally numb (60%), and suicidal
feelings (>50%); in the broader sample, participants reported not
feeling like themselves (53%), reduction in positive feelings (42%), and
caring less about others (39%). The psychological and interpersonal
effects of antidepressants have been less widely studied than the
physiological side effects.
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