IS DEPRESSION ADDICTIVE? –
June 8, 2023 – Treatment for depression and any mental condition isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Each individual has their own story. Moreover, there are certain social and genetic characteristics that can make people respond to psychotropic drugs in different ways. There are also a number of myths surrounding the debate as to whether antidepressants are addictive or not.
Some scientific communities unanimously conclude that these drugs don’t produce addiction and are not drugs like heroin or tobacco. For example, a study conducted by King’s College London (UK) claims that antidepressants can’t be classified as addictive substances, because there’s no indisputable evidence to support this idea.
Likewise, in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V)these drugs don’t meet all the criteria to consider their effects as an addiction. But, there are certain aspects that should be clarified.