Millions MORE of us should be taking antidepressants: Largest-ever study claims the pills DO work and GPs should be dishing them out

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Millions MORE of us should be taking antidepressants: Largest-ever study claims the pills DO work and GPs should be dishing them out

Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:09 am

Antidepressants are highly effective and should be prescribed to millions more people with mental health problems, researchers declared last night.

After the largest-ever study, the Oxford University-led team said they had wanted to ‘give the final answer’ to the controversy of whether or not the pills effectively treat depression.

Their study, which examined 120,000 people in more than 500 trials across three decades, concluded emphatically that antidepressants do work.

And although prescription rates have soared in recent years – with 10 per cent of British adults now on antidepressants – the researchers warned that only one in six people was receiving effective treatment for depression, suggesting that millions more should be given the pills.

They hope their findings will encourage GPs to prescribe the drugs for people with the more severe forms of the illness.

Professor Andrea Cipriani, who led the six-year review of international research, said the findings were proof that antidepressants should be used more. He added: ‘Antidepressants are an effective tool for depression. To under-treat depression is a huge problem we need to be aware of. Not the right people are getting access.’

Professor John Geddes, Oxford’s head of psychiatry, said: ‘This isn’t just a bit of common unhappiness, this is a major mental health problem that really is devastating for an awful lot of human lives. Poor access to available treatment would not be tolerated if it related to high blood pressure or cancer.’

The researchers looked at the effectiveness of 21 antidepressants. The study, funded by the research arm of the NHS, found some were more effective than others, but concluded they all reduced symptoms of depression more than a placebo.

It found that half to two-thirds of patients – typically suffering with symptoms including loss of self-worth, tiredness, sadness and disturbed sleep – would benefit from treatment.

Professor Carmine Pariante, spokesman for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: ‘This analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants, clearly showing that these drugs do work in lifting mood and helping most people with depression.’

The report comes just months after a report ranked the UK fourth out of 29 Western countries in a league table of antidepressant use. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found people in the UK take nearly twice as many antidepressants as those in France, Italy or Holland, five times as many as those in Korea and eight times as many as in Latvia.

Glyn Lewis, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at University College London, said: ‘Antidepressants often receive a bad press but this paper shows they have a role in the management for people with depression.’




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Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:10 am

I've never heard so much tosh in all my life. Hopefully, people will continue to reject putting drugs into their bodies in order to be able to live day to day.
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Post by nicko on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:14 am

Took them myself for 6 months, apart from stomach pain and headache, no difference !
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Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:16 am

nicko wrote:Took them myself for 6 months,   apart from stomach pain and headache, no difference !

My mother took them for decades and she was tortured by them. Totally addicted and unable to stop using them. What needs to be done is finding the cause of the depression and working on that, rather than just pumping people full of drugs to mask the real reasons they take them.
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Post by nicko on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:21 am

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Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:29 am

I just had my Tweet read out live on Victoria Derbyshire regarding this subject.  

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:52 am



What a surprise... Not..

Sponsored university study into efficacy, use and overuse of antidepressant medications should be even higher in Britain.

Nothing like a drugged up and zonked out population so even more people can ignore what damage the ruling classes are slowly but surely doing to their poor little ol' country..

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Post by Syl on Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:05 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:
nicko wrote:Took them myself for 6 months,   apart from stomach pain and headache, no difference !

My mother took them for decades and she was tortured by them.   Totally addicted and unable to stop using them.   What needs to be done is finding the cause of the depression and working on that, rather than just pumping people full of drugs to mask the real reasons they take them.

I was going to say exactly the same thing...get to the root of why so many people are apparently depressed, spend money on researching the causes not the symptoms.
I have never taken an anti depressant in my life, and I truly believe many people are diagnosed with depression, and the more popular term 'bi polar' when they don't need to be.

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Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:13 pm

Syl wrote:
HoratioTarr wrote:

My mother took them for decades and she was tortured by them.   Totally addicted and unable to stop using them.   What needs to be done is finding the cause of the depression and working on that, rather than just pumping people full of drugs to mask the real reasons they take them.

I was going to say exactly the same thing...get to the root of why so many people are apparently depressed, spend money on researching the causes not the symptoms.
I have never taken an anti depressant in my life, and I truly believe many people are diagnosed with depression, and the more popular term 'bi polar' when they don't need to be.

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