Why do Antidepressants cause suicidal thoughts?


Why do Antidepressants cause suicidal thoughts?

Any person suffering from depression can be treated with antidepressants with the help of a physician. Antidepressants can bring relief to the symptoms. But antidepressants do not work as immediate solution to the depression as existing problem. They are used sometimes for giving a long-term solution. It is evident from recent studies that antidepressants give many side effects and are considered dangerous in most of the situations. So, they are not observed as significantly efficient. Antidepressants have to be analyzed and studied properly so that their uses against all the risks they can cause will give you an idea of the effectiveness of these medications.

Researchers say that antidepressants can only come for help in the case of only mild to moderate depression. In the case of severe depression, antidepressants interfere with your normal activities. Physiotherapy can also equally treat depression as that of the antidepressants. Some of the antidepressants that help to come out of depression are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, atypical antidepressants, tri cyclic antidepressants, and monoamine Oxidase inhibitors.

It was found that antidepressants in some cases can cause increase in depression than decreasing it. This increase in depression might result in spoiling of the mental health of the patient which in turn makes them to commit suicide. The suicidal effect of antidepressants will be seen mostly in children and young adults. The risk of committing suicide is found to be more in the patients undergoing antidepressant treatment.

If the person is taking the antidepressants for the first time or if the dose has changed abruptly, then monitoring of the person is essential as they might commit suicide. Antidepressants can cause anxiety, insomnia, hostility and agitation when the symptoms of depression occur abruptly or if they disappear. It is said that right dosage of antidepressants given for a right person will give better results. Antidepressants will not provide benefits to all the depression patients but have to be prescribed by the doctor for right people.

Always Seek Advice from health care professional, in matters related to health.

Author: Hari M

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4 Responses

  1. Alicia

    November 22, 2011 3:51 pm

    I’m 25 years old now but, when I was 12 years old I was put on antidepressants. I went from 25 mg’s to 250 mg’s. I Havn’t been able to shake this one side affect. Suicidal thoughts. I can’t make it through the day without picturing myself hanged, suffocating, overdosing….. Does this have anything to do with the antidepressants? NOTE: I was on them until I was 18 and I just quit taking them without consulting my doctor. I just want to know why I want to die so bad. Please Help Me…Thanx


    • B

      March 1, 2012 4:17 am

      Hi Alicia,

      First and foremost, I hope you are receiving some alternative type of treatment since you are having these invasive thoughts, but I assume you aren’t or you wouldn’t be asking for help. You are NOT alone . . . I have had obsessive / invasive thoughts not quite as suicidal as yours, but morbid nonetheless. I, too, weaned myself off the SSRI drug I was taking and started using more natural, herbal supplements like HTP 5 and St. John’s Wort, etc. These have really / actually / significantly helped. I feel much better, more confident, less tired, and “happier” although I have noticed it is a steady intake or you can have relapsing “thoughts” like yours and mine. Do some research online, check out alternative treatments, and see if you can find a relatively low-cost clinic or even “sliding scale” psychologist to help talk this out . . . there is probably lots of good that could be done by a professional. And, above all, take care of yourself!

  2. June

    November 5, 2012 2:28 pm

    Your information in this article is incorrect. Antidepressants are least effective for mild to moderate depression and most effective for severe depression.
    The most effective treatment for depression is not herbal remedies but talk therapy.


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