Antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs include Paxil, Xanax, Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Effexor and Remeron. These drugs come in multicolored tablets and capsules. They are prescribed by doctors for anxiety and depression. Are they addictive? This has been largely debated. However, it is clear that people taking these drugs definitely manifest withdrawal symptoms upon stopping them.
Antidepressants work on the brain and affect the level of chemical messages traveling through. These prescription drugs are often abused and the person builds a tolerance to the drug and needs more to get the same feeling he or she was searching for in the first place.
Dependence on antidepressants doesn’t create addictive behavior like, say, a heroin addict will manifest. The person addicted to antidepressants will probably not be selling everything he owns to get the next pill. However, the withdrawal symptoms are such that a person will sometimes feel he needs assistance in getting off the drug and becoming drug-free once more.
There are people who take these drugs who feel they can’t get through a day without more. Other effects include insomnia, irritability, anxiety (what the drug is supposed to “handle”) and suicidal thoughts. The person can become aggressive, get hostile and very confused. Psychotic episodes are possible. People with no previous history of violence have committed horribly violent crimes when on antidepressants.
Just look at the black-box warnings on antidepressants and see if this indicates they are safe. Research has found that all of these drugs can create adverse mental effects, including psychotic or suicide-related incidents. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that in 2009, twenty percent of high school students were abusing prescription drugs. The risks escalate when not used according to doctor’s instructions.
The Associated Press reported at one time that some people experienced such terrible withdrawal symptoms from antidepressants, they seemed to be hooked for life, never being able to leave them behind. Although some try to taper off the drug, they find it impossible.
It is possible to get off of antidepressants. It will take some professional help, and medical professionals can accomplish the first step. Then a drug rehab can take over for further detoxification and removing toxic residues from the body.