Study Finds Antidepressants To Be Depressingly Ineffective
by Edward Group
The use of
antidepressants has been controversial for quite some time. And
with good reason, altering the brains chemistry can yield
unpredictable results. Regardless, drug companies and the media
have done an extraordinary job at marketing these products and forcing
them into our market. Who hasnt heard of Prozac? If youve
seen the recent commercials, you can finish this sentence, Depression
hurts, Cymbalta can
The use of
antidepressants is very common. Between 2005-2008, the CDC
estimated 11% of Americans age 12 and older took antidepressants.
Over 60% of these people had taken antidepressants for 2 years or
longer, and unfortunately less than a third had seen a mental health
professional in the last year.
With such high
consumption of antidepressants, youd think depression would
be as solved like polio, right? Wrong. A
recent United Kingdom meta-analysis of 47 clinical trials found
that antidepressant drugs provide almost no benefit to the people
Kirsch of the University of Hull led the study, which was published
in the online journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine.
He said the analyzed data showed the drugs produced a very
small improvement compared with placebo of two points on the
51-point Hamilton depression scale.
Professor Kirsch was quoted as saying, Given these results,
there seems to be little reason to prescribe antidepressant medication
to any but the most severely depressed patients, unless alternative
treatments have failed to provide a benefit.
he mentions include exercise, talk therapy, interpersonal therapies,
and counseling. In other words, activities that naturally stimulate
and invigorate the body and mind are increasingly being seen as
the first line of defense against depression. Antidepressants are
beginning to take a back seat.
How we ended
up in this position may be explained by a line within the pages
of a 1994 publication entitled, Listening to Prozac,
by Peter Kramer. Kramer suggested that anyone who is lacking joy
juice might give themselves a dose of the mood brightener
isnt something to be maligned, either. Its a very serious
clinical condition that affects and really debilitates a number
of people. Suggesting a run around the block will cure
their ailment is ignorant at best.
the results of the study, it is only reasonable to infer that some
people who were prescribed antidepressants for depression were perhaps
dealing with lifes ups and downs, daily routine, and other
non-clinical stressors. If depression is caused by situational unhappiness,
antidepressants alone will absolutely not help.
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