A study has concluded that most patients don’t benefit from some of the most common anti-depressants like Prozac and Seroxat. In severe cases, the researchers found there may be some benefits to taking anti-depressants.
It’s based on the findings of 47 trials submitted to the Food and Drug Administration in the US, details of which were made public in some cases and not in others.
Do you, a friend or a relative take anti-depressants? Have they affected how you or they feel?
It’s worth adding that GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Seroxat, has said the study only looked at a “small subset of the total data available”. Eli Lilly, which makes Prozac, has responded that “extensive scientific and medical experience has demonstrated it is an effective anti-depressant”.
Is your country too reliant on medication to treat psychological problems?
Without this medication, how else can people combat depression? Does, for instance, therapy (or counselling as it’s also called) work?
And are you convinced this is a condition that requires specific treatment?