Do you think antidepressants really work?
February 18, 2010 5:50am CST
There is a bit of new research out that suggests that antidepressants really do not work as well as initially thought. There are several studies out that find a minimal difference between the effects of an antidepressant pill when compared to a placebo. Researchers in certain circles that are finding this to be true as shunned when citing the original studies that brought this to light. I'm sure the drug companies are in a bit of a panick!!!I do believe that imbalances in brain chemistry are VERY real and am not sure if I buy all of the evidence just yet. The interesting thing is that they are still telling people NOT to stop taking their pills, as the side effects from sudden withdrawal can make them spiral down further. It is said that even therapy may be more effective treatment than medications. I disagree. There tends to be a genetic component to mental health issues. What do you think?
• United Kingdom
28 Nov 12
At first when I was initially diagnozed with clinical depression anti-depressants didn't work for me, I was tried on several different ones that were on the market at the time, all had pretty bad side-affects and I decided they weren't for me. However eight years on, I was finding I couldn't cope with life and asked to try them again, the first one my GP tried me on had bad side affects and I became immune to them, however, the ones I am on now are working really well and have little to no side affects and I have been on them for some time now, it doesn't matter that they are long term, because I know they make all the difference for me.