Antidepressants can cause worsening depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hostility, aggression, psychosis, violence and suicidality. In addition, numerous studies show them to be no more effective than placebo.
There have been 151 warnings from 11 countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, United Kingdom and United States) and the European Union warning that antidepressants cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):
There are 279 studies from 35 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States) showing that antidepressants drugs cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):
There have been 135,587 Adverse Drug Reactions in connection with antidepressants that have been reported to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (MedWatch), between 2004 and 2012.
The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.