Harmful Antidepressants | SSRI

Antidepressants known as SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors) can cause harm

SSRI’s became associated with suicide in the early 2000′s, especially in kids and teens.  With misleading marketing of the drugs, SSRI’s have become increasingly popular with 1 in every 10 Americans over 12 using them.  In fact, from 1996 to 2005, the rate of antidepressant use rose from 5.84% to 10.12%.

A study by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that SSRI’s work best for severe cases of depression and have very little, or no benefit over placebo in less severe cases.  Although in clinical trials, led by Dr. John Krystal at Yale University School of Medicine, involving 2,515 patients, Dr. Krystal was able to track how patients improved or worsened over time. Showing that roughly three quarters of patients did better on the medication than on a placebo.  That being said, Krystal reported that just under a quarter of the patients did not respond well to the drug treatment and in fact did worse on antidepressants.

“This has enormous implications for understanding the limits of the effectiveness of our current medications, these data really caution against the demonetization of antidepressants as merely placebo, but they do raise a concern that some people are better off on placebo than on the antidepressant that they’re getting.” said, Dr. Krystal

Irving Kirsch, professor of psychology at the University of Hull in England, said  ”While many people may benefit from antidepressant treatment, about 1 in 4 are made worse. This suggests to me, that antidepressants should be kept as a last resort, and if a person does not respond to the treatment within a few weeks, it should be discontinued.”

Today, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is now requiring Black Box warnings on all SSRI’s which state that they double suicidal rates in children and adolescents.  The increased risk of suicidal behavior among adults under 25 is comparable to that seen in children and adolescents.

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