While there is no doubt that antidepressants are becoming quite common, and a recent survey has added weight to the same. It has been done by the Department of Psychology.
It has been made clear by researchers at Auckland University that there has been a consistent rise in prescription rates for antidepressants, not just in New Zealand but other countries too. The online survey questioned some 1000 people about what all they felt after taking such drugs and what made them do so in the first place.
So far, studies have been done to ascertain the effectiveness of such drugs but this is one of its kind in New Zealand that is aimed to probe what kind of experiences people had after taking the 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”, said Researcher Dr. Kerry Gibson, a senior lecturer in clinical psychology.
There is need to understand the psychology of such people so that they can be guided in the best possible way.