The inconvenient truth about antidepressants

The inconvenient truth about antidepressants

After the loss of her 16-year-old daughter Jenny to suicide, 60-year-old Jenetta Bary went onto antidepressants for a couple of months. “It left me feeling deadened and woolly-headed,” she says, “as though I had lost the ability to manage myself and that something else had taken over.”  “We don’t really know the long-term consequences of … Read more

High cholesterol: Cold and numb hands or feet could indicate levels are too high

High cholesterol: Cold and numb hands or feet could indicate levels are too high

High cholesterol means a person has too much cholesterol in their blood. Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver. Although cholesterol is not intrinsically bad (your body needs a healthy amount to function), having high cholesterol could result in a major clog in your arteries increasing your risk of heart attacks or strokes. Your extremities … Read more

Drinking four small glasses of wine a week can raise risk of developing dementia, study suggests 

Researchers at King's College London analysed data on more than 15,000 people aged 50 and over and tracked them for two years (stock image)

Drinking just four small glasses of wine a week can raise the risk of developing dementia, new study suggests Researchers analysed more than 15,000 people aged 50 and over for two years  UK study linked ‘risky-level’ drinking to a greater decline in short-term memory  Those who had eight units or more a week also saw … Read more

Covid patients in ICU now almost all unvaccinated, says Oxford scientist | Coronavirus

Covid-19 is no longer a disease of the vaccinated, the head of the Oxford jab programme has said. The “ongoing horror” of patients gasping for breath in hospital is now “largely restricted” to people who are unvaccinated, according to Prof Sir Andrew Pollard. Even though the more transmissible Delta variant continues to infect thousands, most … Read more

SARAH VINE: My anxiety was like a house crumbling around me. Pills could never fix the root cause 

SARAH VINE: You will never find me judging anyone who is taking — or has ever taken — antidepressants, or the doctors and mental health professionals who, when faced with patients at their wits' end, write a prescription for them (file photo)

Rifling through some old papers the other day, I came across a letter from a psychiatrist to whom my doctor referred me back in 2012. There, in black and white, was a stark analysis of my mental state at the time, the maelstrom of emotions I was experiencing, the confusion, anxiety, guilt, panic, worry — … Read more