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If they say you are depressed

instead of treating hypo, you could refer them to this study:

Ok, it's depressed monkeys. but still.

A recent study, “Effects of Long-Term Sertraline Treatment and Depression on Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis in Premenopausal Female Primates”, has shown that a commonly prescribed antidepressant caused up to a six-fold increase in atherosclerosis plaque in the coronary arteries of non-human primates. Coronary artery atherosclerosis (CAA) is the primary cause of heart attacks so the objective of the study was to clarify the association between depression and CAA. The researchers used a widely prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), sertraline, and concluded that long-term treatment with sertraline promotes CAA. Lead author, Carol Shively, Ph.D., said, "The medical community has known for years that depression is closely associated with heart disease, but we didn't know if treating it would reduce the heart disease risk."

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Thanks for posting, Angel_of_the_North. Glad I felt able to come off Sertraline after reading that.


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