Even in mainstream media. Newsweek being about as mainstream as you can get:
Although the year is young, it has already brought my first moral dilemma. In early January a friend mentioned that his New Year’s resolution was to beat his chronic depression once and for all. Over the years he had tried a medicine chest’s worth of antidepressants, but none had really helped in any enduring way, and when the side effects became so unpleasant that he stopped taking them, the withdrawal symptoms (cramps, dizziness, headaches) were torture. Did I know of any research that might help him decide whether a new antidepressant his doctor recommended might finally lift his chronic darkness at noon? (read the whole article)
Unfortunately the reason this is coming to light now, is most likely because the SSRIs are virtually all off patent and not because any new information is available. Many of us have been aware of hazards, limitations and hype for almost two decades. I started hearing about the dangers long before I started advocating for alternatives. I was brainwashed enough to believe the benefits outweigh the risks and to think that the risks were relatively minor. That is ceasing to be true and I now personally know thousands through networking who have been gravely harmed by all the classes of psychotropics. Not just antidepressants.
The fact is dangerous drugs are being marketed to vulnerable people without full disclosure as to the risks. Also without looking at what may be very viable alternatives. This is, again, true of all the psych meds. One day perhaps we’ll see the tide turn and psycho pharma will be treated as the tobacco industry is today.