Antidepressants are supposed to help fight depression, not make it worse. However, new studies indicate that SSRI antidepressants come with extreme side effects and 25% of patients who take them experience more anxiety than less. The SSRIs have also been linked to causing dementia in elderly patients and speech and language disorders in children whose mother took them while pregnant. Despite their bad rep, the number of prescriptions being filled for SSRIs is still on the rise.
- A group of former antidepressant users recently appeared before the British Parliament to relate their experiences of extreme side effects while taking SSRIs.
- Their testimony included everything from suicidal behavior to seizures and other serious health issues caused by the antidepressants.
- Several former SSRI-prescribed patients told their stories to the BBC, including Claire Hanley, who suffered severe symptoms when her doctor increased her tablet dosage.
“The medical establishment has maintained that only about one in 100 people experience severe side effects from taking SSRIs, but many experts are suggesting that the number of people negatively impacted is far higher.”