Many antidepressants are no more effective than placebo.
Fact or Myth?
This is a FACT.
Many wonder, “Do Anti Depressants Work?” There’s a growing number of mental health professionals who believe antidepressants may be no more effective than placebo pills. This is not surprising, considering the number of Americans who continue to suffer from depression despite the staggering volume of antidepressants sold to them by pharmaceutical companies.
In fact, what’s far more surprising is the number of people — doctors included — who still believe in the power of antidepressants. After years of research, Dr. Irving Kirsch has come to a simple yet radical conclusion: “the belief that antidepressants can cure depression chemically is simply wrong.”
In his new book, provocatively titled The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Anti-Depressant Myth, Kirsch lays out the case against antidepressants in plain English.
At this point, he says, there can no longer be any question — the margin of difference between the effectiveness of placebo and antidepressant drugs such as Prozac or Effexor is inconsequential. Scientists still don’t have a clear understanding of the biological roots of depression. Claims that antidepressants address chemical imbalances, particularly a deficit of serotonin, are disproved by myriad sources.
Perhaps most damning is the efficacy of an antidepressant called tianeptine, available in France and some other countries outside the U.S., which works by lowering serotonin.
Fortunately, there are a variety of other treatment options available. From the highly effective and just as unconventional ketamine to the all-natural, fatigue-fighting aspartic acid and even the adaptable Russian herb rhodiola, there are a multitude of cures hiding in the shadows of this Prozac nation.