A friend two years ago read an online article that claims antidepressants cause brain damage. I don't know which one, but I imagine it was something like this.

Do antidepressants cause brain damage?

  • related: does depression cause brain damage? – tedder42 Apr 1 '16 at 17:37

The article you refer to seems biased and misleading. It quotes multiple serious-looking papers, then reaches a conclusion not mentioned in any of them.

Several articles (e.g. this and this) claim that anti-depressants are not so efficient in curing depression - after you stop taking them, depression often returns.
One article reports a correlation between depression and later dementia. It doesn't mention anti-depressants.

The nearest thing to brain damage I could find is claims that anti-depressants cause the body to build tolerance, so after you stop using them the depression may be worse than before.

  • "several articles" - which articles? "One article" - be specific. "claims that anti-depressants cause the body to build tolerance" - specify your source. "depression may be worse than before" - says who? – Jamiec Mar 30 '16 at 10:44
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    @Jamiec, It's all in the articles referred in the page. I now added some specific references. – ugoren Mar 30 '16 at 11:13

Anti-depressants are medications targeting neurotransmitters in the brain. They donĀ“t cause brain damage, quite opposite, they help the brain restore its function after damage, as occurs in stroke (escitalopram enhances cognition after stroke)

  • Sorry, I don't find this answer provides enough evidence. – Barry Harrison Oct 6 '19 at 20:58

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