And another thing--plenty of depressed people refuse to take meds because "that would mean I'm crazy". Or they give up after one or two tries. Lots of times it takes many trials to find a med that's effective.
There's another problem called tachyphylaxis, which is when a drug decreases in effectiveness over time, or simply stops working. Stopping and re-starting your antidepressant can cause it to stop working.
Gotzshe may be correct in certain cases, but I don't think he's presenting the entire picture.
No. My personal perspective is that of a person with a real, permanent need for meds.
Nonsense. I've come off quite a few, and had problems with only one, and my symptoms were not at all similar to depression. It's recognized that withdrawal can be a problem for some drugs in some people, but it is far from universal.One of the big points made by Gøtzsche is that certain antidepressants are some of the most addictive drugs ever devised, and trying to come off them rapidly triggers symptoms that are similar to depression.