Canada’s The Telegram is running a six part series on the brain. In part one, Dr. Hugh Mirolo says that adults are often misdiagnosed with depression and given antidepressants like Zoloft, when in fact what their real problem is brain injury. “Apathy and sleep disorder in brain injury are two things that look like garden-variety depression, but they aren’t and they don’t respond to antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft or Paxil,” Mirolo explained.
He also explains that brain injury is not always the same as a head injury. It can be caused by a blow to the head, but also by carbon monoxide, infections, a near-drowning experience. In one case, a 29 year old man experienced depression-like symptoms, was prescribed antidepressants, “which, instead of lifting his mood, made him feel even worse.”
It’s estimated that 10% of Americans are on antidepressants. Some critics feel that these drugs are overprescribed and worry about harmful side effects.
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