Antidepressants are the most prescribed type of drug in the United States.

This class of pharmaceuticals is prescribed for everything from depression to muscle and joint pain to anxiety to tinnitus (ringing in the ear) to “obsessive-compulsive-disorder”.

While the pharmaceutical industry tries to assert the “chemical imbalance” theory of antidepressants psychiatry has publicly stated that they don’t really know what these drugs are doing to your brain. Studies show side effects from these drugs can be life threatening like suicide and psychosis. Then when you decide you can’t handle all the side effects you find you’re addicted and can’t stop taking them.

Sounds to me a little like something you’d buy off the back of a wagon in the 1800ds by a guy who hoped he would be out of town before you too your first dose.

Here are some frequently prescribed antidepressants listed by trade name.
Generic name is in parentheses.

Adapin (doxepin)
Anafranil (clomipramine)
Asendin (amoxapine)
Aventyl (nortriptyline)
Celexa (citalopram)
Desyrel (trazodone)
Effexor (venlafaxine)
Elavil (amitriptyline)
Lexapro (escitalopram)
Ludiomil (maprotiline)
Luvox (fluvoxamine)
Marplan (isocarboxazid)
Nardil  (phenelzine)
Norpramin (desipramine)
Pamelor (Nortriptyline)
Parnate (tranylcypromine)
Paxil (paroxetine)
Prozac (fluoxetine)
Remeron (mirtazapine)
Serzone (nefazodone)
Sinequan (doxepin)
Surmontil (trimipramine)
Tofranil (imipramine)
Vivactil (protriptyline)
Wellbutrin (bupropion)
Zoloft (sertraline)

Addiction – Tolerance – Dependence

In an in attempt to disguise the fact that antidepressants are addictive, pharmaceutical companies and their partner psychiatrists have termed the withdrawals an individual feels when trying to stop antidepressants, “antidepressant discontinuation syndrome”.

But the truth is antidepressants are addictive drugs.

A number of patients have reported extreme reactions to discontinuing the drugs. Two of the best-selling antidepressants have led to so many complaints that some doctors avoid prescribing them altogether.


Many patients experience terrible antidepressant withdrawal so severe that some appear to be hooked on antidepressants for life.

Withdrawals from antidepressants may include flu-like symptoms, as well as anxiety, headaches, stomach upsets and vomiting. Some people report paranoia, aggressive behavior and anger. In some cases, the person going through antidepressant withdrawal may experience homicidal feelings.


Antidepressants carry a “Black Box Warning” the strongest warning given by the FDA.  You can see this warning in full here

Just some of the side effects possible from antidepressants are:

New or worsening depression
Thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so
Extreme worry
Panic attacks
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Aggressive behavior
Irritability; acting without thinking
Severe restlessness
Frenzied abnormal excitement
Joint Pain
Fast or Irregular Heartbeat
A special FDA warning exists on the use of SSRI(see FAQs) antidepressants for pregnant women.  This alert is regarding the potential risk of a rare heart and lung condition known as Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN).  PHN occurs when a newborn baby does not adapt to breathing outside the womb. Newborns with PPHN may require intensive care support including a mechanical ventilator to increase their oxygen level. If severe, PPHN can result in multiple organ damage, including brain damage, and even death.