First of all, anti-depressants ARE over proscribed. My son and the school he attended thought he needed help and he saw anti-depressants as a silver bullet. He was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and given medication . . . the medications were changed over the years until he ended up, at 19, overweight but with what the doctor called "dangerous" anemia. Working with his social worker and psychiatrist, he spent 18 months getting off prescription drugs.
how come 18 months, there's no instant stopping? withdrawal symptokams, likr with heroin or what?
NOT like heroin! Not with anti-depressants. People feel weird for a while. Usually takes a few weeks, not 18 months. I suspect more than anti-depressants were involved . The drugs used for bi-polar are not just anti-depressants.
In the US, it has become fashionable to diagnose bi-polar even in children, by the way, and use even more drugs than were poured down children's throats at the height of the ADHD plague.
This is the new gold strike for the drug companies and the doctors.