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Antidepressants Don't Work: 5 Things You Need to Know Now!

Antidepressants Don't Work: 5 Things You Need to Know Now!

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I couldn’t wait to let you know of this week’s (February 8) remarkable cover story of Newsweek magazine. The cover story is called, “Antidepressants Don’t Work.” The enclosed feature article is titled, “The Depressing News About Antidepressants,” and is written by Newsweek’s science editor, Sharon Begley. If you take antidepressants or know someone who does, you must read this article.

I couldn’t wait to let you know of this week’s (February 8) remarkable cover story of Newsweek magazine. The cover story is called, “Antidepressants Don’t Work.” The enclosed feature article is titled, “The Depressing News About Antidepressants,” and is written by Newsweek’s science editor, Sharon Begley. If you take antidepressants or know someone who does, you must read this article.

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AntiDepressants Don’t Work:5 Things You Need to Know Now!
Studies suggest that the popular drugs are no moreeffective than a placebo. In fact, they may be worse.
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a marriage and family counselor for the last 44years. He is the author of 8 books, including
Male vs. Female Depression: Why Men Act Out and Women Act In, Male Menopause,
and
The Irritable MaleSyndrome.
He offers counseling to men, women, and couples in his office inCalifornia or by phone with people throughout the U.S. and around the world. Toreceive a Free E-book on Men’s Health and a free subscription to Jed’s e-newsletter go towww.MenAlive.com. If you are looking for an expert counselor to help with relationship issues, writeJed@MenAlive.com.For many years I have been writing about my own research on depression andmy findings that there were many better alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs,including exercise, diet, and improving social connections. I have posted anumber of articles here on Scribd including: Male vs. Female Depression: Why Men Act Out and Women Act In. 4 Things You Don’t Know About the Irritable Male Syndrome That Could SaveYour Marriage. Be Happy Forever: 7 Not So Simple Steps. 6 Simple Ways to Cure Depression: What Men and Women Need to Know.
I just received an e-mail newsletter from Dr. Michael Yapko, one of mycolleagues, and an expert on treating depression. I wanted to share it withyou:
 
I couldn’t wait to let you know of this week’s (February 8) remarkablecover story of 
 Newsweek 
magazine. The cover story is called,“Antidepressants Don’t Work.” The enclosed feature article is titled, “The
 
Depressing News About Antidepressants,” and is written by
 Newsweek 
’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,
 Depression isContagious
, 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
 Newsweek 
, that antidepressants perform little better than placebosand can be dangerous for some people;4) The evidence is massive that depression arises from
many
contributingfactors, some of which are cognitive, some of which are social, and some of which are behavioral. Antidepressants don’t work because they
can’t 
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
won't 
keep thedepression away.Here’s the full story as reported in Newsweek.

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Diane Stresing liked this
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Cathy, interesting. The more we learn about depression, the more we recognize that we have been overwhelmed by Big Pharma and their approach to the detriment of saver, less expensive, and ultimately more effective natural approaches.
cathie_harrison added this note
Interesting article in the British "Telegraph" today. The writer suffered from lethargy and depression until severe stomach pain sent her to the doctor. Three antibiotic courses and several hospital x-rays didn't assist. Then a simple blood test revealed she was vitamin D deficient. Six weeks on high strength vitamin D found her transformed. Her doctor thinks there may be a link between the epidem
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Katrina, Glad you liked it. This is information we all need to hear.
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Glad this article has helped people sort out fact from fiction and explore ways to treat depression without taking drugs. They can be helpful to some, but there are alternatives that are worth exploring.
Ivana added this note
Thank you for your uploaded stuff. True and helpfull.
Bill AKA "Kenosis23" added this note
Everyone wants to believe in Antidepressants for economic reasons; The cost of a little pill promises to be much cheaper than the alternative of intensive human interactions. (And, of course, big pharm doesn't mind the boost to their bottom line either.)
Jed Diamond added this note
Ruth, I know this can be difficult. New research on depression is showing the benefits and also the drawbacks and limitations. I had been on antidepressants for some time. I worked with my doctor to gradually get off them and find more effective, long-term ways to keep my emotions positive and balanced. Good luck on your journey.

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