The number of people taking antidepressants, against the backdrop of recent events, has sharply increased. has grown. A prescription is required to purchase these drugs, but our citizens find loopholes that allow them to bypass this requirement. Is it just necessary to do this? told about this psychotherapist, head of the treatment and rehabilitation center “Vozrozhdenie” Yuri Vyalba.

The vast majority of antidepressants are not just prescription drugs. To purchase them, you need a numbered prescription, which can only be issued by a specialist (neurologist or psychiatrist) working in a government institution. This fact in itself suggests that antidepressants can only be taken as prescribed by a doctor.

There are many reasons for depression. It can be based not only on situational processes that occur in personal or public life. Depression can be a symptom of many diseases, including mental ones.

If a person makes a self-diagnosis, the medicine may at best “not work”, at worst – lead to side effects. Even medicines based on herbal raw materials can lead to undesirable consequences. Valerian, for example, in overdose can cause headache, dizziness, tachycardia, decreased hearing and vision, and even death.

In addition, antidepressants can be addictive and form dependence, including psychological dependence – when a person needs to take the drug in order to feel more or less normal.