ANTIDEPRESSANTS IN THE U.S.
Dry Mouth & Antidepressants
Between 2011 and 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a national survey, which was later reported by the American Psychiatric Foundation. The study states that “approximately one in nine Americans of all ages reported taking at least one antidepressant medication in the past month”. This seems accurate, but nonetheless alarming when compared to past statistics. Today, we all know someone who has suffered, or is still suffering from, depression or anxiety and has hopefully sought help to deal with their illness. But from 1988 to 1994, less than 3 percent of the American population was taking an antidepressant drug—a huge difference from today. These statistics can infer two possibilities: more people are seeking solutions to their depression, or more people are depressed overall in the United States. Whichever is the case, the bottom line is that more people are taking antidepressant medications and therefore, there are more people experiencing the side effects that come along with them.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
Antidepressants often have a long list of side effects. Nausea, increased appetite and weight gain, loss of sex drive, drowsiness, insomnia, blurred vision, constipation, and dry mouth are just a few of the the side effects someone may face while taking these drugs. If you take antidepressants and your mediation works for you and your mental health, these side effects can seem minimal. Finding small remedies to cope with these small side effects is common for many patients.