June 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Harvard Health Highlights SSRI Risks

Before taking depression pills for a temporary situation, consider the risks. “There’s no evidence that taking an antidepressant in the short term will help or that it will prevent longer-term consequences of stress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder,” cautions Dr. Jane Erb, psychiatric director of the Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care Program at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Taking an antidepressant isn’t like taking an occasional pain reliever for a headache. You don’t just pop a pill, experience quick relief, and stop taking the drugs whenever you want. Instead, antidepressants have many potential challenges and risks.”

Get the full story at https://www.health.harvard.edu/depression/should-you-use-an-antidepressant-to-get-through-a-difficult-time