Adverse effects of antidepressants, including sexual difficulties and emotional numbing, apathy, suicidality and withdrawal effects may be more frequent than previously reported, according to research published yesterday in Psychiatry Research. John Read, et al., surveyed 1,829 adults – the largest sample surveyed to date – who had been prescribed antidepressants in the last five years. Emotional “side-effects” were reported by more than 50%.
Read, J., Cartwright, C., Gibson, K.; Adverse emotional and interpersonal effects reported by 1829 New Zealanders while taking antidepressants. Psychiatry Research. Online February 18, 2014.