Volumes have been written about the pros and cons of antidepressants. See Depression to understand the continual abuse of these drugs by individuals and the doctors who prescribe them. Discussion on each group and type of antidepressant would require an entire website itlself, so those using antidepressants should discuss the matter with a medically qualified practitioner of alternative medicine to learn the full pros and cons.
There is no antidepressant of any variety that does not have a myriad of side effects. When diazepam was first produced in the 1950s and considered to be the ‘housewife’s miracle’, the public and doctors were told that side effects were few and minor. It now takes over 2 minutes to read out the list of the side effects that have been registered on this one drug alone in the last 40 years.
As I have explained in the section on depression, the use of antidepressants has its place in truly endogenous depression. When an individual is incapable of producing his/her own ‘happy juice’ and alternative measures have failed, then these drugs can alter a life very much for the better -perhaps more so than any other medical invention.