Turns out antidepressants are even worse than ineffective: In a huge number of patients, they can actually make depression worse.
And that’s not even including the people who take these meds and actually kill themselves — a known side effect of some antidepressants.
Researchers looked at data from seven studies that compared either the drug Cymbalta or another SSRI antidepressant to a placebo and found that 76.3 percent of the patients responded to anything at all — including the placebo. (more…)
The admitted goal of the pharmaceutical industry is to have every man, woman and child in America taking at least two prescription medications every day of their lives (whether they’re sick or not). Through Big Pharma’s corruption of the FDA, medical journals, med schools and the mainstream media, it creeps ever closer to accomplishing that goal, and today it has been revealed that one in ten Americans are now on SSRI antidepressant drugs. (more…)
Last summer, Marcia Angell, MD, reviewed three new books about psychiatry and psychiatric drugs for the New York Review of Books: The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by Irving Kirsch; Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker; and Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry – A Doctor’s Revelations About a Profession in Crisis by Daniel Carlat. Her two-part essay discusses the history of psychiatry, its relationship to the pharmaceutical industry, and the flawed rationale underlying the use of psychoactive drugs. Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, has long criticized the quality and clinical validity of medical research, particularly pharmaceutical studies. (more…)