Long term effects of antidepressants?
February 2, 2010 10:02 AM Subscribe
I know you're not a doctor: Do antidepressants cause long term changes to the brain (good or bad), even after they're discontinued?
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I'm starting to come to terms with being depressed (probably the long-term, milder kind). I'm seeing a therapist (a psychologist), but I have an appointment with a psychiatrist later this month.
I'm concerned though, I read a comment in another AskMefi post
that said Effexor can cause permanent negative changes to the brain, and that has me concerned. I know antidepressants can stop working, and I don't want to leave myself in a worse state in the future.
Can anyone point me to any information about the long-term effects of antidepressants (including after discontinuation)? Are there some antidepressants with worse long term effects than others? Do some have no long term effects?