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Antidepressants: What we all need to know.
12th April @ 09:30 - 16:00 BSTGBP90
Antidepressants are now prescribed in their millions for depression and a surprising number of other conditions. It’s therefore vital that anyone considering taking such medication – or who cares for, supports or works with someone who is – knows about and is able to recognise the wide variety of physical and psychological effects that these medications can cause.
This special online event gives you the opportunity to join Beverley Thomson, a well-known expert speaker, writer and researcher in the field, to find out more for yourself. Whilst recognising that medication can play an important role in recovery, our combined aim with this day is to help empower the public to make fully informed choices.
Why you should attend
Most people who take antidepressants in good faith (as prescribed by their doctors) or who are considering taking them, know very little about the extent of the potential risks. Often turned to by the medical profession as the quickest solution (NHS waiting lists for therapy are long), overprescribing, unrecognised patient harm, limited scientific knowledge and little support for those who wish to withdraw from their medication are compounding patients’ problems. Others, meanwhile, find their medication helpful but would like to be fully informed and know how to manage it better.
This day, with a generous amount of time allowed for questions, is an opportunity to learn the full facts and, with open minds, explore options to help ourselves and others avoid harm and dependence. It will enable all of us to consider more fully the options available and to become more ‘savvy’ consumers.
What you will learn
How our mental health became medicalised in the first place
The truth about what antidepressants can – and can’t – do
Why so-called ‘chemical imbalance’ is a myth
How antidepressants really work
How taking antidepressants affects all needs and resources
How to be an ‘informed patient’ and give ‘informed consent’
Why antidepressants affect different people differently
How to recognise the diversity of potential antidepressant adverse effects
How to identify dependence and ways it makes us vulnerable
The risks of antidepressant-induced intense agitation (akathisia) and antidepressant-induced suicide
Safest withdrawal methods from antidepressants
Understanding of the ‘harm reduction approach’
Why antidepressant use is of special concern in children, the elderly – and in veterans
The up-to-date position (from research and guidelines) for understanding/avoiding the withdrawal relapse trap
Why antidepressant side effects may be diagnosed as ‘medically unexplained symptoms’ and ‘functional disorders’ – and why this matters hugely
How antidepressants may affect talking therapies
What needs to change and how it needs to happen