Saturday, March 15, 2008



Do Anti-depressants help all patients?

Researchers, at the University of Hull, have suggested that antidepressants such as Prozac, Effexor, and Seroxat (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have very little, if any, effect upon mild depression.

In fact, after reviewing clinical tests submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration, Hull researchers feel there is little evidence to substantiate any improvement for patients given anti-depressants versus patients who were given a placebo.

Some medical professionals believe that although this study is a serious challenge to the wholesale prescribing of anti-depressants, it does not invalidate the benefits of anti-depressants for many patients who suffer from depression.

In fact, there are medical professionals such Dr. Gary Bell, of Capio Nightingale Hospitals (private psychiatric care facilities), who actually disagree with the findings of the Hull study. Dr. Bell considers these pharmaceutical agents to have been a major breakthrough for the treatment of depression. He goes on to state that although anti-depressants are not for everyone, they have been lifesavers for others.




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