CDC reports that 13% of U.S. adults take antidepressants.
While antidepressants can be effective, it is possible to become dependent on antidepressants. Physical dependence on a substance will trigger withdrawal syndromes in its absence.
Those taking antidepressants may also self-medicate the symptoms of depression with alcohol or illicit drug. Research shows that alcohol is twice as likely as drugs to be abused by those with depression.
This guide highlights the effects of antidepressants, and also addresses the issues associated with antidepressant abuse and addiction.