Link – Antidepressant Medications are not Placebos

If you jumped on the anti-depressants don’t work bandwagon, maybe take a breath.

The researchers conclude that this study, as well as other recent reports from the same group, provides strong support for the assumption that SSRIs exert a specific antidepressant effect.

The finding shows that the benefit of antidepressants is real, and not a function of a placebo interpretation.

Investigators warn that the frequent questioning of these drugs in media is unjustified and may make depressed patients refrain from effective treatment.

That last line is important. There are lots of people who could be helped by medication who aren’t because they believe that it either won’t work, or make things worse. I’m not saying medication would work for everyone, but it should be on the list of things to try, without judgement.


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