Friday, January 22, 2010

Are anti-depressants the answer?

Over the past decade the use of anti-depressants has skyrocketed…….to frightening levels.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at 2.4 billion drugs prescribed in visits to doctors and hospitals in 2005. Of those, 118 million were for antidepressants.

Adult use of antidepressants almost tripled between the periods 1988-1994 and 1999-2000.

"It's hard to believe that number of people are depressed, or that antidepressants are the answer,"……

The article below discusses the possible causes of depression, questions the effectiveness of antidepressants, the potential side effects of these drugs, and explores other options for the relief of depression .......

Antidepressants aren’t a silver bullet for depression, and they come with their own side effects and dangers. Plus, recent studies have raised questions about their effectiveness. Learning the facts about antidepressants and weighing the benefits against the risks can help you make an informed and personal decision about whether medication is right for you.

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