Today's anti-depressants have little clinical benefit, claim researchers
Today’s anti-depressants are of little clinical benefit, according to scientists at the University of Hull.
The researchers claim prescription drugs help only a small number of severely depressed individuals, although the makers of Prozac and Seroxat, unsurprisingly, are disputing the claims.
‘There seems little reason to prescribe anti-depressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients,’ professor Irving Kirsch from the University of Hull said after reviewing data from 47 different clinical trials.
‘The difference in improvement between patients taking placebos and patients taking anti-depressants is not very great.
‘This means that depressed people can improve without chemical treatments.’
The number of people taking anti-depressants hit an all-time high in 2006, with more than 31 million prescriptions written in England alone.
A spokeswoman for the charity Sane says they find the new research extremely worrying.
‘The newer anti-depressants were the great hope for the future… These findings could remove what has been seen as a vital choice for thousands in treating what can be a life-threatening condition.
‘If these results were upheld in further studies, they would be very disturbing.’
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