I found this article in yesterday's SevenDays Vermont Newspaper under the column of The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams.
It began with: Are antidepressants bad because they don't work or bad because they do? Then goes on to state: Between 1980 and 2005 96 studies found placebo's worked on 68% of the patients. Another study then increased the placebo affect to be as high as 84%.
Some research takes this further to suggest there's no medicinal benefit. The FDA enables manufacturers to profit from this. FDA results found that antidepressants did not meet the criteria for clinical significance. Meaning they were worthless except for the select few in the populace who respond to the power of suggestion. Mind over matter.
My take: Health Care is a Business. A business that can not afford to have patients cured. They need you to keep returning. Pharmaceuticals, physicians, therapists, hospitals, clinics...and government need us to be sick so as a consumer we keep them rolling in the money. I am bringing the article with me to the Stepps group today. I had met with my psych and therapist and Stepps earlier this week and questioned my "back-sliding" not understanding why the meds are not working and I'm on the highest dose possible. I was told to give it more time, we could add even more medications into the mix, yadda, yadda, yadda...
All of the flowers, of all of our tomorrows, are found in the seeds of today. Plant them well, nurish them, nurture them, keep them safe and watch how beautifully they will bloom.
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