Pasted from: Newsweek magazine:
FULL LINK: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/01/28/the-depressing-news-about-antidepressants.html
I have heard of this research before and have to wonder, if doctors shouldn't try prescribing placebos to those with milder depression and see what happens.
I too have chronic depression, and went back on meds back last November. It was the hardest decision to make after being off for over three years.
I believe for some, they may have to be on anti-depressants for the rest of their lives, and then for some, not the case. I learned and was told that I can get off my meds too. I have been going through CBT now for about over a year and a half now. Some is a reminder and some is new to me. The fact of the matter is that the medication just relieves the symptoms so that you can lead a regular life. I learned with my own, I can eventually go off it and be okay. The reason why it didn't work the last few times, I had four relapses, the last one was really bad, was because I never learned how to manage it. I have been working hard with readings and doing the homework, therapy and being on meds for the time being to help me to get to that point. I'm now to a point where I can maybe start wean off a bit, but not completely go off yet and see how it goes. To do that, I would be seeing a doctor for this and discuss the matter. The withdrawal symptoms are definately unpleasant, since I did put one person through a bit of a roller coaster ride as I was weaning off, but i warned about the issues of coming off. I'm currently on cymbalta, but at a low dose of 30mg. We will see. I'm not sure if I ever had a placebo drug before, but when I was in school taking a psych course, they say that the people who were given a placebo, a sugar pill, felt they were getting better, because they were given a pill. The mind can do wonders, but I know depression is not all in your head. It is a mental illness, and medication is definately is needed for some in order to have a regular life. I know people who thanks to have the medication, because without it, they wouldn't be able to run a good life right now. Each person is different, and sometimes being on medication for life is something we must accept.
The article is interesting, thanks for sharing...
I finally had a chance to look at this, interesting.