Doing Research To Find Out More On Mental Health and Anti-depressants
Mental Health Research
By Jerome Burne
There can be few people who think that putting an increasing number of children on SSRI anti-depressants is really a good idea but then reflect that it’s just one of those things. Cash strapped NHS; time-poor GPs; waiting lists of months for therapy; drugs cheap; they may help some.
But we know these drugs can make children suicidal and that they are marginally effective at best. If they did work well, the drugs companies wouldn’t have had to go to such extraordinary lengths in torturing statistics and rigging trials to produce favourable results. Some of the ways this is routinely done is revealed in a feature of mine in the Daily Mail today.
But only one of these drugs – Prozac (fluoxetine) – is licensed for children and adolescents under the age of 18 on the grounds that it is more likely to help and less likely to harm than the others. But is it?
Recently I was sent documents which strongly suggest that this is a fallacy; that Prozac’s supposed greater benefit and safety for children is the result of just as vigorous data rigging as all the rest.
The vast majority of antidepressants given to kids and teens are ineffective and potentially dangerous, according to a new study in The Lancet.
Of 14 regularly prescribed drugs, only one – Prozac – proved effective enough to justify giving to children and teens, the researchers found.
If medications are given at all, Prozac should be the drug of choice, the study concluded.
“No one should be on any other antidepressant, and I think it’s doubtful that people should be on Prozac, as well,” said Dr. Jon Jureidini, a child psychiatrist at the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia, who wrote a commentary that ran with the study. “The case for Prozac is quite weak.”
Prozac was found to significantly benefit children and teens with major depression, though the magnitude of benefit ranged from almost nothing to a dramatic improvement.
Depression is a mood disorder characterised by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. Depression is common, and in its mildest form most people can lead a healthy and active life with the right treatment and support. On the more severe end, depression can be devastating and even life-threatening, so don’t go through it alone.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feelings of guilt
- Irritability, restlessness
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
child birth With over 20 years on the market, Prozac is one of the most popular treatment solutions for depression and…flip.it
SELECTIVE SEROTONIN REUPTAKE INHIBITOR (SSRI)
3759 People have indicated they have taken Prozac
Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Prozac is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine.
Prozac is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Prozac is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.
How do I take it?
Prozac is generally taken orally one or more times a day.
Prozac comes in capsule form.
The FDA-approved label for Prozac lists common side effects including nausea, skin rash, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, and sweating.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Prozac include serotonin syndrome, which may be life-threatening.
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