Tangling with Antidepressants

Saturday, 27 June 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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What are antidepressants? Do they work? How should we work with clients who are taking them?

The use of antidepressant medication in the UK (and across the world) has soared in recent years. A freedom of information request by The Guardian in 2018 revealed that more than 7.3 million people in the UK were prescribed antidepressants in the preceding year.

In my own practice as a counsellor and supervisor the issues of whether clients should seek these pills or whether they should continue taking them or how they might withdraw from them are all regular issues for discussion.

In this talk I will explore antidepressant use in the UK. What are they? What do they do? Do they work at all? Are they addictive? Should we be worried? How should we respond?

We will begin by looking at the medical/disease model of depression and contrasting this with the drug centred model We will have a very brief journey through the history of antidepressants and then address the question, 'do they work?' Finally we will spend some time thinking about how we should work with clients who are taking antidepressants, thinking of doing so or trying to withdraw from them.

Attached below are:

1) a pdf of my powerpoints

2. Advice on withrawing from antidepressants by Joe Issac.