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Antidepressants: Help or Hype?
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phylisfeinerjohnson posted:
There's a raging argument going on among researchers about the effectiveness of antidepressants. (Obviously, they've never had epilepsy!


A former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine is quoted as saying: "psychoactive drugs are useless."


A noted psychologist claims: "Antidepressant lift may be all in your head."


And it seems that antidepressants are being considered by many in the medical field to be mere placebos.


Needless to say, these negative notions are influencing treatment — for the worse.


So are we all expected to embrace emotional — and physical — suffering due to some (sometimes stilted) clinical trials and news headlines?


Headlines sell. But depression can kill!


However there are MANY clinical tests that make a strong POSITIVE case for antidepressants?


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.


Even those who doubt the effectiveness of antidepressants have to admit that they help with severe depression.


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.


To find out more, simply click on the article "In Defense of Antidepressants" at:


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10antidepressants.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


And then tell us what YOU think?


Phylis Feiner Johnson
www.epilepsytalk.com

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