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Amphipods on anti-depressants found their lives brightened, right up until they were eaten. Amphipods on anti-depressants found their lives brightened, right up until they were eaten. Arnold Paul

Prozac alters prawns’ behaviour, reproduction and even their colour

The idea that tiny amounts of antidepressants present in our rivers and estuaries may be affecting aquatic life is generally met with surprise, sometimes scepticism, or even a degree of humour. The public…
For people with depression or anxiety, finding an effective medication can be a difficult task. For people with depression or anxiety, finding an effective medication can be a difficult task. Eddi van W.

Some antidepressants work better than others – now we know why

Three million Australians are currently living with depression or anxiety, and antidepressants are now the third most commonly prescribed class of medication in Australia, after antibiotics and cholesterol-lowering…
These ones look rather large. These ones look rather large. Autowitch

Are high-speed antidepressants as sweet as they sound?

Depression is a common, recurrent, disabling and potentially life-threatening disorder that accounts for much misery worldwide. Current treatments are imperfect: most studies suggest that chemical antidepressant…
Blue with the flu? Blue with the flu? max_thinks_sees

Inflammation depression link is not to be sneezed at

Have you ever had the flu, and along with the physical symptoms a temporary feeling of being low and fed up? Though most of us would shrug these feelings off as a result of not being able to go out with…
Medicine residues that we flush down the toilet can affect fish and other wildlife. Medicine residues that we flush down the toilet can affect fish and other wildlife. Chris Ison/PA

Popping pills can harm wildlife via a trip to the loo

It’s not a thought that occurs to most of us, but flushing the toilet doesn’t just mean disposing of our bodily waste. We’re also flushing away some of the medicine we take down with it. Our contraceptive…
Antidepressant prescribing has been increasing in most developed countries since the the late 1980s and early 1990s. Antidepressant prescribing has been increasing in most developed countries since the the late 1980s and early 1990s. PrettyPills/Flickr

Are antidepressants over-prescribed in Australia?

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has just published two opposing views on the vexed question of whether antidepressants are being over-prescribed. The issues raised by debate are by no means unique to…
Drugs treat symptoms but do nothing to help people navigate depression. Drugs treat symptoms but do nothing to help people navigate depression. Shutterstock

Treating depression ethically requires more than drugs

Spot the problem in this scenario. Richard* is stressed. While he’s a high-flyer (a Rhodes Scholar no less), he’s under the pump at work and has just moved his family across nations. The job is taking…
Trials show ketamine acts more quickly than other antidepressants because it affects different parts of the brain. Trials show ketamine acts more quickly than other antidepressants because it affects different parts of the brain. JLM Photography

Special K: ketamine’s road from tranquilliser to possible antidepressant

The drug ketamine has been used for medical purposes since it was developed in the 1960s, but it is perhaps more widely known for its illicit use as a hallucinogenic tranquiliser. Now we’re beginning to…
The cosy relationship between the psychiatry and Big Pharma has come under increasing scrutiny. The cosy relationship between the psychiatry and Big Pharma has come under increasing scrutiny. Hannah Nicole Aspire

Depression, drugs and the DSM: a tale of self-interest and public outrage

MATTERS OF THE MIND – a series which examines the clinician’s bible for diagnosing mental disorders, the DSM, and the controversy surrounding the forthcoming fifth edition. In Australia, antidepressant…
Antidepressants double the chance of a young person making a suicide attempt. Antidepressants double the chance of a young person making a suicide attempt. Flickr/kamera kz

The hidden side of antidepressants: are they putting young lives at risk?

In early 2009, two 16-year-old Queensland girls tragically hanged themselves within weeks of each other. The girls' lives were plagued with abuse, self-harm and illicit drug use, and their deaths raised…
Antidepressants lift the mood but we don’t know exactly how they work. Antidepressants lift the mood but we don’t know exactly how they work. obumu.com

Proof of the pill: cutting out the guesswork in prescribing antidepressants

Voltaire was right when he said “doctors prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less". Almost 300 years later, this still rings true for depression. Antidepressants…

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