0 Replies |Watch This Discussion | Report This| Share this:Antidepressants: Help or Hype?There's a raging argument going on among researchers about the effectiveness of antidepressants. (Obviously, they've never had epilepsy!<br /><br /><br />A former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine is quoted as saying: <i>"psychoactive drugs are useless."</i><br /><i><br /></i><br />A noted psychologist claims: <i>"Antidepressant lift may be all in your head."</i><br /><i><br /></i><br />And it seems that antidepressants are being considered by many in the medical field to be mere placebos.<br /><br /><br />Needless to say, these negative notions are influencing treatment — for the worse.<br /><br /><br />So are we all expected to embrace emotional — and physical — suffering due to some (sometimes stilted) clinical trials and news headlines?<br /><br /><br /><b>Headlines sell. But depression can kill! </b><br /><b><br /></b><br />However there are MANY clinical tests that make a strong POSITIVE case for antidepressants?<br /><br /><br />For example, large studies have shown, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that antidepressants work for chronic and recurrent mild depression, especially when accompanying a chronic condition.<br /><br /><br />Even those who doubt the effectiveness of antidepressants have to admit that they help with severe depression.<br /><br /><br /><b>And it has been proven, again and again, that antidepressants increase confidence and help diminish emotional vulnerability — for people with depression AND also for healthy people.</b><br /><b><br /></b><br />To find out more, simply click on the article "In Defense of Antidepressants" at:<br /><br /><br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10antidepressants.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10antidepressants.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss</a> <br /><br /><br />And then tell us what YOU think?<br /><br /><br />Phylis Feiner Johnson<br />www.epilepsytalk.com<br /><br />
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