The Efficacy of Antidepressants

A newly published study found that people taking antidepressants felt worse in the long term, than people who did not take any medication for their depression.  This study followed 15,000 people over a 9 year period.  It seems that antidepressants make the condition worse in the long term.  This study, coupled with an earlier study that showed antidepressants, especially SSRI’s, actually do the opposite of what they were thought to do at the cellular level, shows the ineffectiveness of medication in treating depression.  More natural therapies such as exercise, diet modification, psychotherapy, and neurotherapy are more effective, especially in the long term.  Both studies suggest that the use of medication for chronic depression may be effective only in the short term.  The studies can be found here and here.

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