"Over half of UK patients coming off anti-depressants feel suicidal"
"58% become agitated, 58% suffer insomnia... 71% become emotionally numb"
"Over 61% reported more than 10 withdrawal symptoms (of a given 20)"
"Less than 5% of patients were warned about the extreme side effects of withdrawal"
Huge news to hit the tabloids this week... and my thanks to Flower for initially mentioning this in her post.
According to sources, there is to be a complete revisit of how NHS patients are to come off, or switch, anti-depressants. How long this will take for the UK to follow suit, who can know, but it is a big step in the right direction.
The story was given coverage by the BBC, Daily Mail and the Guardian - probably others that I have not seen, but they were all kicked off following the publishing of the below academic paper;
This paper collates a number of other recent studies undertaken by researchers in the last few months and summarises the shocking data. For those that want the link to the one that mentions Duloxetine (aka Cymbalta), you can read the abstract here;
If anyone finds a copy online, please post, but for now it is a purchase-only option, and hope this gives some people a little hope over here on our tiny island.
[EDIT] Admin - if this needs to be moved to News section, please do so - IUN