I don't know about "ruining people's lives" - I do know that some people experience side effects from these medications, but these can usually be eliminated by switching to another medication in the SSRI family - I also know that literally thousands or hundreds of thousands have been helped by these medications and many are alive today because of them. I also always caution my clients to be cautious about interpreting "horror stories" about medications posted in forums because these are anectdotal only and it often is not clear that the problms are in fact caused by the medications. It is also difficult to predict who will have side effects at all, let alone which side-effect: most people have no side-effects except for an adaptation period of a few days to a week. Furthermore, in any list of potential side-effects reported for any given medication, one must also be careful to look at the control or placebo groups. Fot example, with one common SSRI medication, in the trials, 12% of the medication group reported increased somnolence, while 11% of the placebo group reported that side-effect. In that same study, almost the same percentages of both groups reported increased insomnia. Does this reflect a medication effect? Or does it reflect variations in sleep patterns that are known to be symptoms of the disorders (depression, anxiety) for which the medications are prescribed?seobook said:The SSRIs block reuptake and require a decent amount of time (I have been told a few weeks to a month or so) to raise your serotonin levels. I have heard tons of stories about them ruining peoples lives.
If used properly and in combination with psychotherapy, these medications can help people to recover from depresson, anxiety disorders, and related disorders (including OCD and eating disorders). All of the research that has looked at the question has been very clear: medication plus psychotherapy is more effective, produces faster effects, and produces longer lasting benefits than either medication or psychotherapy alone.I think often prescription drugs for these sorts of ailments are a band aid that just mask symptoms.
There is a lot of excellent information on the net, but unfortunately there is also a lot of misinformation and many people do not have the background to be able to tell the difference. That is one of the reasons I began this forum. I am by no means a defender of the policies of large corporations but I am also very aware of the benefits of many of the products they produce. It's a matter of finding competent phsyicians and therapists to monitor the individual's response to treatment and to be alert to adverse side-effects or drug interactions.There is a ton of good info on the web about various psychological and mental issues related to depression, the problem is that the profit margins in selling people drugs they do not need is so large that often the best information slips through the cracks. thanks for making this site
Yes - CBT is a well-established effective treatment for depression. An excellent starting point for reading about this is a book by David Burns, titled Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (Avon, 1999), which can be used to some effect as a self-help resource.I have been reading a small amount on cognitive behavioral therapy recently and have found it really interesting.