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New study finds that more than two-thirds of those taking antidepressants do not meet criteria for 'major depressive disorder'


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Most People on Anti-Depressants Don't Need Them


By IANS 6th April 2015


LONDON: More than two-thirds of people taking anti-depressant drugs may not actually suffer from depression, claims a new study.


The US-based study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that 69 per cent of people taking anti-depressants did not meet the criteria for major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression.


"Many individuals prescribed anti-depressants may not have met the criteria for mental disorders," the researchers were quoted as saying.


"Our data indicates that anti-depressants are commonly used in the absence of clear evidence-based indications," the researchers noted.


Anti-depressants are also prescribed for other psychiatric disorders. But the researchers found 38 per cent of those taking the drugs did not meet the criteria for obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia or generalised anxiety disorder either, Daily Mail reported.


The researchers used data from the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area (ECA) Study Wave 1 (1981) through Wave 4 (2004-2005) and assessed lifetime prevalence of common mood and anxiety disorders among participants who reported current anti-depressant use.


They also examined factors associated with current anti-depressant use.





I came off Seroxat in August 2005 after a 4 month taper. I was initially prescibed a benzo for several months and then Prozac for 5 years and after that, Seroxat for 3 years and 9 months.


"It's like in the great stories Mr.Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer."  Samwise Gamgee, Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers

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