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Antidepressants: Help or Hype? | July 13, 2011

There’s a raging argument going on among researchers about the effectiveness of antidepressants. (Obviously, they’ve never had epilepsy!)

A former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine is quoted as saying: “psychoactive drugs are useless.”

A noted psychologist claims: “Antidepressant lift may be all in your head.”

And it seems that antidepressants are being considered by many in the medical field to be mere placebos.

Needless to say, these negative notions are influencing treatment – for the worse.

So are we all expected to embrace emotional — and physical — suffering due to some (sometimes stilted) clinical trials and news headlines?

Headlines sell. But depression can kill!

However there are MANY clinical tests that make a strong POSITIVE case for antidepressants…

For example, large studies have shown, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that antidepressants work for chronic and recurrent mild depression, especially when accompanying a chronic condition.  Even those who doubt the effectiveness of antidepressants have to admit that they help with severe depression.

And it has been proven, again and again, that antidepressants increase confidence and help diminish emotional vulnerability — for people with depression AND also for healthy people.

To find out more, simply click on the article “In Defense of Antidepressants” at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10antidepressants.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

And then tell us what YOU think…


  1. Thank you Phylis for this post. I was surprised that they say that they are placebos. They are definetely not. They help a lot of people.

    I got this in my Yahoo email address Phylis.At the bottom here, it will not let me put my new email address in, how come?


    Comment by Ruth Brown — July 13, 2011 @ 9:03 PM

    • I sent it to you.

      You might also try re-filling out the Email Subscription (Manage) at the very bottom of the right column…


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 13, 2011 @ 10:31 PM

  2. I did that and they put it below the box, not inside it. You have one new member. It is in the gray space in between the email address and my name. I can read it and they have my new email address.

    In the right column I am only subscribing to this one blog. I appreciate your trying. I know it is WordPress’s fault..


    Comment by Ruth Brown — July 14, 2011 @ 2:04 AM

  3. I need my anti-depressants. They are not placebos. My comment here is pending.


    Comment by ruth brown — July 14, 2011 @ 3:11 AM

  4. I received the email. How do you feel about antidepressants? Do you think that they are?


    Comment by ruth brown — July 14, 2011 @ 4:08 AM

    • I’ve been on Effexor for years and it has helped me so much.

      I think the article is a bunch of bologna. That’s why it’s called “In Defense of Antidepressants.”

      Also, some of the clinical trials were slanted towards the drug(s) being tested with docs being paid off for the desired results.

      I know from my health & wellness writing about this and find it unforgivable.


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 14, 2011 @ 12:47 PM

  5. I got this notification from WordPress this time. I am glad that Effexor has been of a great help to you.

    I thought all clinical trials were slanted towards the one’s doing them. Am I right or wrong?


    Comment by Ruth Brown — July 14, 2011 @ 1:50 PM

  6. No, not all. Just a small minority of them…


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 14, 2011 @ 2:27 PM

  7. […] Feel free to read the article titled ‘Antidepressants: Help or Hype’ by Phylis Feiner Johnson of Epilepsy Talk http://epilepsytalk.com/2011/07/13/antidepressants-help-or-hype/ […]


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I've also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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