In what ways do antidepressants increase the risks of dementia?
Actually, there has been a debate on this issue for a while, and I can’t say for sure if the researchers have all agreed that antidepressants do have such effects. I think, for now, it’s safe to say antidepressants negatively impact cognitive function because of the anticholinergic effects they bring. But you see, the thing is, other researchers have found that.
In addition to increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factors and inhibiting inflammation, antidepressants increase hippocampal neurogenesis. So some agree that long-term usage can reduce the risk of dementia. One thing is certain. More comprehensive, detailed analysis and research should be conducted for a more valid and precise answer.