Are Anti-depressant’s Effective? Hmmmm….Not Really!

This month, the American Journal of Psychiatry published a research article that concluded that anti-depressant medication's are not nearly as effective as they claim to be.

The first baffling thing that the reporting research scientists found was: the testing done to determine the ability of anti-depressants in treating depression is carried out on groups of people who are not at all like the typical every day person prescribed an anti-depressant.

Whoa! Huh?

Let me explain.

Basically, to get a drug approved and out to the general population, it must go through what are called phase III clinical trials. These trials determine a drug's efficacy on a group of individuals who meet certain criteria determined by the researchers. The study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has determined that the chosen group of individuals used to test anti-depressants like Celexa is not a true representation of the general population who are prescribed these drugs.

Here's another thing the researchers uncover: the efficacy of antidepressants in those who did not meet phase III inclusion criteria – meaning the majority of the real world people who take antidepressants – are not nearly as effective as once thought.

Probably because they are being tested on the wrong people!?!

Bottom line: antidepressants aren't very effective at all.

Check out the science behind this research: Can phase III trial results of antidepressant medications be generalized to clinical practice?

About Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc

Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, is a renowned women’s health & wellness expert and the best- selling author of the books Chill Out & Get Healthy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, and Body Belief. A licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in New York, she holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University. Aimee is also the founder of the Aimee Raupp Beauty line of hand-crafted, organic skincare products. This article was reviewed's editorial team and is in compliance with our editorial policy.


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