In an open interview on ITV’s Loose Women in 2018, Matthew Wolfenden shared his experience of seeking help with depression. It resulted in him taking antidepressants for eight years, but what do you need to know about the drug?
« I suffered from depression between the ages of 23 and 31, » said Matthew to Andrea McLean, host of Loose Woman.
By the age of 23, Matthew had « had major surgery », had taken a sabbatical year from work, and spent much of his time « lying in bed ». .
« I was there for five minutes, prescribed a prescription [for antidepressants] and was on it for eight years, » he revealed.
« They work, but they’re not a magic pill, » added Matthew. It was his wife, Emleydale star Charley Webb, who suggested cognitive behavioral therapy.
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The couple share two sons – Buster, 10, and Bowie, 4 – and now, at 40, Matthew is no longer taking antidepressants.
Medical News Today said antidepressants are drugs that can relieve symptoms of various health conditions, such as:
« They aim to correct chemical imbalances in neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior, » she explained.
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These are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, with SSRIs specifically prescribed to treat depression.
SSRIs stand for « selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors », which means that the drug « blocks the absorption of serotonin in the brain ». .
« This makes it easier for brain cells to receive and send messages, which leads to better and more stable moods, » added the organization.
As with any drug, some people can experience side effects. For SSRIs, these include: sweating, tremors, and a dry mouth.
« All side effects are likely to appear for the first two weeks and then gradually wear off, » said Medical News Today.
In fact, the full effect of the drug only becomes noticeable after two months of treatment.
Antidepressants are not considered addicting as there is no need to continuously increase the dosage to get the same effects.
If you are looking for some mental health support, please visit the Mind charity.
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