Informed Consent for Antidepressants

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From The Guardian Letters: Dr. John Read argues that people must be told of the high likelihood that antidepressants may cause them the inability to experience positive feelings, difficulty achieving orgasm, and withdrawal effects upon coming off them, when they are first offered these drugs.

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  1. Thank you for speaking the truth, John Read.

    “Research also tells us that if the 8.3 million people prescribed antidepressants in 2021-22 in England (one in seven of us, but even higher for women, older people and people living in deprived areas) do try to stop using these drugs, perhaps on discovering they can’t feel anything at all, or have orgasms, about 4.6 million (55%) will experience withdrawal effects.

    “The principle of informed consent dictates that people must be told all this when first offered these drugs.”

    And most certainly, the public has been outright denied informed consent for the past several decades, by the (greed only inspired) psychological and psychiatric industries.

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