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Study of Depression Medication Effectiveness is, Well, Depressing

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Studies show that antidepressant drugs may be only marginally effective.

A study of antidepressant medications was published in the August 2010 issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. Called “the largest antidepressant effectiveness trial ever conducted,” NeuroAdvantage LLC in Clarksville, Maryland found that “the effectiveness of antidepressant therapies was ‘marginally efficacious'” compared with placebo. The study also found “profound publication bias that inflates their apparent efficacy.”

“We found that out of the 4041 patients initially started on the SSRI [selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor] citalopram in the STAR*D study, only 108 patients had a remission and did not either have a relapse and/or dropped out by the end of 12 months of continuing care,” lead study author Ed Pigott, Ph.D. stated.

“In other words, if you’re trying to look at sustained benefit, you’re only looking at 2.7%, which is a pretty jaw-dropping number,” added Dr. Pigott.

Overall, “the reviewed findings argue for a reappraisal of the current recommended standard of care of depression,” write the study authors.

A 2001 survey in the American Journal of Psychiatry estimated that more than one-third of Americans use complementary and alternative medicinal treatments each year. Complementary and alternative medicines for depression and anxiety include:

  • relaxation techniques
  • self-help groups
  • hypnosis
  • massage
  • exercise
  • yoga
  • dietary modifications
  • aromatherapy
  • folk remedies
  • spiritual healing
  • laughter

So rather than giving in to those high budget, all pervasive television commercials encouraging you to take expensive, side effect laden medication shown to be only “marginally efficacious,” consider complementary medicine. Chiropractic care seeks to improve nervous system function and remove the physical effects of stress on the body that can influence emotional states and sensitivity to pain.

Don’t choose ineffective medications to mask symptoms of dysfunction that can be eliminated with lifestyle changes, given the choice…………CHOOSE NATURAL!

Dr. Ed Simon is a North Hollywood chiropractor with over 25 years in practice.

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