Study seeks to probe antidepressant drug experiences
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:47a.m.
A survey asking New Zealanders about their experiences with antidepressants has been launched by researchers at Auckland University.
The survey, carried out by the Department of Psychology, is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Researchers say there has been a steady increase in prescription rates for antidepressants both in New Zealand and around the world in recent years.
One in 11 New Zealand adults are prescribed antidepressants every year but researchers say there is little information about how the people using the drugs actually experience them.
Researcher Dr Kerry Gibson, a senior lecturer in clinical psychology, says although studies have been done on the effectiveness of the drugs, this study is aimed at the pros and cons of usage according to those on the medication.
“Our approach positions the people who are prescribed antidepressants as the experts,” says Ms Gibson
“We are interested in finding out about all the different experiences that people might have had with antidepressant medications. We would like to know about what symptom relief people experienced as well as any side effects they had. We are also keen to know more about their views on what causes depression and how helpful they believe antidepressants are in addressing these."
The research team want around 1000 people for the online survey.
The survey, “Views and Experiences of Antidepressants in New Zealand”, can be accessed at: http://www.viewsonantidepressants.co.nz
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11/07/2012 7:21:43 a.m.
If informed enough it should be individual choice, but also if that choice includes alternatives. I've been on the same AD for over 10 years. No side-effects, no problems at all and I feel it's done me the world of good and saved my life.
11/07/2012 6:10:35 a.m.
I have mostly been against how fast drs hand them out to anybody who 'appears' to be suffering from depression or even a normal reactive depressive episode...not the actual meds themselves. Efects/benifits can be hard to measure due to several reasons and i will defo be intrested to see these results!
10/07/2012 7:07:22 p.m.
Antidepressants do not have any euphoric or high effect.They merely level your mood out to avoid the low emotions.
10/07/2012 12:12:37 p.m.
I will be interested in the results too. Doctors are handing those things out like lollies left right and centre.I was offered them once but declined and just used my own will to climb back out of the whole I was in. All good now and I did it without being drugged and spending years trying to get off them if at all. It's wonder we don't have half the country walking round of their nut!!
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