Depression drugs not working

Depression medication drugs not working

A reality check on the overuse, over-subscription and over-hype of antidepressant medications as they do genuine good, but they also do serious harm.

Dr David Healy (psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist, author), writes in this article: “We now have one prescription for an antidepressant for every single person in the West per year.  Twenty-five years before Prozac, 1 in 10,000 of us per year was admitted for severe depressive disorder – melancholia.  Today at any one point in time 1 in 10 of us are supposedly depressed and between 1 in 2 and 1 in 5 of us will be depressed over a lifetime”.

“No one knows how many new cases of depression there are per year partly because modern depression is a creation of the marketing of Prozac.  Until recently what is now called depression was called anxiety, nerves or a nervous breakdown.  SSRIs can help some cases of nerves but they are of no use for depression proper – melancholia.  But the money for companies lies in treating nerves not melancholia – and as a result any of us with severe depression is likely to get worse treatment now than we once did.  We’ve gone backwards”.

The number of prescriptions for antidepressants is increasing by 5-10% each year, while the figure for people starting each year remains the same.  This means that there is an increase of 5% to 10% in the number of people hooked to antidepressants each year”.

“Twenty-five years ago, no one could have imagined that the bulk of the treatment literature would be ghostwritten, that negative trials could be portrayed as glowingly positive studies of a drug, that controlled trials could have been transformed into a gold-standard method to hide adverse events, or that dead bodies could have been hidden from medical academics so easily. Twenty-five years ago no one would have believed that a drug less effective for nerves or melancholia than heroin, alcohol or older and cheaper antidepressants could have been brought on the market and that almost as a matter of national policy people would be encouraged to take it for life”.

The full article here:

Posted: Saturday 16 March 2013