Depressing News About Antidepressants,” and is written by
’sscience editor, Sharon Begley. (It is not the cover story in internationaleditions of the magazine, but is a feature article.)Regular readers of my newsletter as well as those who read my books andattend my workshops know that I have been highly critical of antidepressants all along. I have pointed out the well-considered reasons:1) The marketing of these drugs has been intense and misleading, suggestingto anyone who will listen that depression is caused by a chemical imbalancein the brain the drug can presumably correct. There is still no evidence tosupport that notion, and quite a bit of evidence contradicts it;2) The fact that the drug companies have hidden data contradicting their inflated claims, manipulated information and lied about the effectiveness of these drugs is only recently coming to light. In my new book,
, I reviewed evidence presented in major medical journalsaffirming this shocking reality in the promotion of antidepressants;3) The research is now accumulating quickly, and is reviewed thoroughly inthe new
, that antidepressants perform little better than placebosand can be dangerous for some people;4) The evidence is massive that depression arises from
contributingfactors, some of which are cognitive, some of which are social, and some of which are behavioral. Antidepressants don’t work because they
work on these significant factors. No amount of medication can help you buildsocial skills and relationships, teach you problem-solving skills or changeyour history. Psychotherapy matches and even exceeds medication insuccess rate and beats it hands down in reducing relapses. The fact thatantidepressants have become the most widely prescribed class of drugs inthe U.S. is sad testimony to how easily people, including mental health professionals, can be misled by false advertising and bad science. Peoplemust still be proactive in helping themselves. A pill a day
keep thedepression away.Here’s the full story as reported in Newsweek.