Articles on Antidepressants

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Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder that leads people to compulsively and uncontrollably pull out their own hair. Cavale Doom/Flickr

Pulling out your hair in frustration? What you need to know about trichotillomania

People with trichotillomania often pull to the point of causing complete hair loss even though that's never intended or desired. And this eventually leaves them feeling depressed and isolated.
Some welcome the possibility of drugs altering our brain for the better, others are concerned about altering our brains at all. Andrew Adermark/Flickr

Common drugs can affect our minds and morals – but should we be worried about it?

Scientists seek out drugs to cure what ails us but we now know that some common medications affect our moral capacity. Since it's happening already, the question is, should we be worried?
Antidepressants might actually be underprescribed. Charles Williams/Flickr

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: antidepressants are not overprescribed

There is a persistent media hype surrounding the notion that the prescription of antidepressants is “at record levels”, and “on the rise”. Yet numerous studies have shown that most people with depression…
People who attribute mental illness to brain disease or genes tend to blame affected people less, but see them as more hopeless and dangerous. lauren rushing/Flickr

Brains, genes and chemical imbalances – how explanations of mental illness affect stigma

Depression, schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions are increasingly linked to abnormalities in the brain and in our genes. Many professionals believe these developments hold the key to better treatments…
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…

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