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Antidepressants

February 2008: A study is published concerning the efficacy of Antidepressants

Antidepressants are a huge drain on health care budgets for no significant gain!

A study by Professor Irving Kirsch at the University of Hull and other USA and Canada based academics and practitioners published a significant report demonstrating that that new generation Antidepressants, e.g. Fluoxetine, Venlafaxine, Nefazodone, Paroxetine, etc. mostly fall, ‘below the recommended criteria for clinical significance’. Simply put, most modern drugs prescribed for most cases of depression generally do not work.

This is a significant finding that all G.P.s and Psychological therapists should be aware of and responding to with respect to how the treat depression.

Given the side effects of such drugs and the problems associated from withdrawing from them, one must ask; ‘Why are they continuing to be prescribed by G.P.s and Psychiatrists, especially in cases of  depression linked with common life events like bereavement, unemployment, work related issues, etc?’ 

Also; ‘Why have large pharmaceutical companies been permitted to operate without adequate regulation?’ 

For the published work see:
            http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0050045

 

Download the file: (this will open in a new tab in your browser)
            http://antidepressants.pdf

 

(With gratitude to Public Library of Science:
            http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=index-html&issn=1549-1676 )