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Antidepressants No Better Than Placebo: JAMA


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Another interesting article on the uselessness and harmful side effects of antidepressants, especially the SSRIs: 

 

Antidepressants No Better Than Placebo: JAMA

 

The Hamilton Depression Score, linked in the article, is interesting as well. 

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

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The original article is here (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=185157), and its conclusion

(antidepressants are of little or no value in all but very severely depressed patients) is even rougher than Dach's.

 

At the end in the JAMA-article is a point lost on or hidden from most of us practitioners,

which is that these drugs were brought to market based on results in very severely depressed patients.

The article's conclusion suggests that most categories of patients presently being treated with antidepressants

cannot be helped by them, and that this is in line with the fact that patients with mild to moderate and even severe depression

were excluded from the studies used to bring these drugs to market.

 

It is then up to us to fill in the blanks, for instance that all but the very severely depressed were excluded from the pre-marketing studies

since the companies knew (from studies not known by us) that their drugs had no effects on the less depressed groups.

Another blank we might fill in is that most likely the majority of patients presently being treated with antidepressants

are taking those medications unnecessarily, since there is no evidence their treatment is serving anybody - except the companies selling the drugs.

 

And that's about the definition of immoral and inept, isn't it?

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Spot on. That wouldn't be quite so reprehensible if there were not so many dangerous side effects from antidepressants - dramatic weight gain, diabetes, heart problems, kidney failure, demyelination, and likely a host of other serious diseases that have yet to be correlated to antidepressant use.  I find the immorality of Big Pharma just horrifying and ditto a government which allows this in the name of capitalism and a healthy economy.

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." -Hanlon's Razor


Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/

 

Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.

 

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they are far worse than placebos as they are not inert but active neurotoxins...! 

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds 

https://beyondmeds.com/

withdrawn from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.
 

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