Sunday, May 10, 2009
Do Antidepressants Really Work?
"One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small. But the one that mother gives you don't do anything at all." So sang Jefferson Airplane in the song White Rabbit. Now comes word that the song may have been right on the mark. At least when it comes to the antidepressants mother gave you.
A Time Magazine story says antidepressants may not be successful in helping people, save for the placebo affect they may have.
But of course, the reported side effects are real.
A teenager I know was depressed and was prescribed an antidepressant. After which he got, for the first time, suicidal thoughts and his hands started shaking.
Listening to the side effects during a TV commercial for that drug I heard that those were two common side effects. I also read about teenagers who became suicidal after taking the medication. A medication designed to combat their depression.
I for one have long held that we are an over medicated nation. Here's the real problem. We don't eat healthy foods, we don't exercise and we don't get enough sleep. All are things we have the ability to fix. And there's no magic pill that will do it for us.
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