After a horrific injury prevented him from pursuing his sporting dreams, EMMERDALE actor Matthew Wolfenden became addicted to antidepressants for over eight years.
The actor began his Emmerdale career 15 years ago as David Metcafe. But the actor didn’t grow up imagining himself as a member of the illustrious Metcafe clan. Wolfenden, on the other hand, was a top gymnast on his way to the Olympics until a tragic accident sent him into a deep depression. In an interview with Loose Women, he discussed it.
“From the age of 23 to 31, I battled depression. When I was 23, I had a lot of things going on in my life, which is why I ended up going to the doctor,” Wolfenden explained.
When he was 16, the star suffered a horrific injury when he became disoriented during gymnastics and fell off the apparatus.
He landed on his head and fractured two vertebrae, effectively ending his athletic career.
It was during his recovery, after a “big operation” when the star started to get “lower and lower”, he said.
“I had to resign from my job.” I was working as a dancer in the West End at the time. I needed to take a break from that.” revealed the celebrity
Following his surgery, the star was prescribed antidepressants, which he found to be highly addictive.
He’d continue to take them for another eight years until he came across cognitive behavioral therapy.
“The first thing the doctor did was write me an antidepressant prescription.” He didn’t advise me to go talk to someone.
It’s extremely difficult to get off antidepressants once you’ve started taking them. It’s almost as if it were a bandage. It’s as if you’re trying to hide the fact that you’re depressed.”
Surgical procedures are well known for causing depression, and doctors will frequently warn patients about this.
Chronic pain following surgery, according to a 2016 study published in BMC surgery, is what triggers the onset of depression.
And, as Wolfenden discovered, health bodies across the NHS may prescribe antidepressants to treat post-surgical depression.
They may prescribe you with a variety of antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are the most commonly prescribed.
According to Mayo Clinic, if you stop taking this medication suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.
While withdrawal symptoms are not a sign of addiction, they do make stopping the medication more difficult.
Antidepressants with a longer half-life, or those that take longer to leave your body, are easier to wean off, according to the mental health charity Mind.
Antidepressants “work,” according to Wolfenden, but they’re not a “magic pill.”
If you’re trying to overcome depression, you might want to consider cognitive behavioral therapy as one of your options.
This entails addressing negative thought patterns that make you feel down.
Suicidal ideation is a symptom of depression.
It’s critical to tell someone if you’re having suicidal thoughts.
When you’re feeling down or desperate, call one of these free helplines.
Unless otherwise stated, they are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Samaritans can be reached at 116 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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