The Book

Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed class of medications in the U.S. Despite 190 million antidepressant prescriptions written a year in this country since 2005, healthcare providers, patients, and potential users have questions about their effectiveness, safety, and most important, when and how to stop. Yet for consumers, there are few available resources to educate them in a fair and balanced fashion about starting and stopping antidepressants. Health care providers also have a need for a nonbiased, reliable resource to recommend to their patients. Taking Antidepressants is the first book to present new information about how depression and antidepressants affect the brain and body in a consumer-friendly format that addresses the daily concerns Dr. Banov hears regularly from patients and health care providers.

Despite new scientific evidence that depression is a real, medical condition, and despite more than fifty years of successful experience with antidepressants, there is still significant stigma and fear associated with treatment. Those suffering from depression wonder:

  • Are antidepressants really safe?
  • Are antidepressants addictive?
  • Will antidepressants forever affect my personality?

Taking Antidepressants walks the reader through a personalized process to help them make the right choice about:

  • Starting antidepressants
  • Staying on antidepressants
  • Stopping antidepressants—with specific guidelines on how to safely reduce and, ultimately, stop medicine if they decide to do so

There are many books and websites that focus on depression and its management, but many of those in print take a biased view against medications due to perceived dangers. There are a number of books condemning how antidepressants have been aggressively sold to physicians and the public, and they do so without presenting the potential benefits that some patients may get from these medications. Other books too aggressively advocate for antidepressant treatment. They are often technical and dry, focusing on scientific details that are irrelevant or difficult for most readers to understand.

Taking Antidepressants is a uniquely reliable reference for patients, family members, caregivers, and health care industry professionals who want fact-based information about conventional treatment of depression.