Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Are Antidepressants not any better than the placebo effect?

Interesting article in the New York Times about an antidepressant study which concluded that antidepressants aren't any better than the placebo effect for mild to moderate depression.

Before you Quit Antidepressants

My personal experience with antidepressants has not been that positive, granted I have bipolar disorder and not major depression.

As a teenager I was on Prozac, and looking back I'm not sure that it did any good. At the time I was diagnosed with major depression and an anxiety disorder. Bottom line: I attempted suicide while on Prozac.

Later I was on Paxil and it lead to severe mania with psychosis. Which is no surprise since it is risky to put bipolar patients on antidepressants without a mood stabilizer.

Later I was on Wellbutrin and had a seizure.

I was recently on Zoloft and my depressions got worse not better.

What is your experience with antidepressants?
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