The best Kept Secret – SSRIs Do Not Work

The medicalization of distress has led to a dramatic rise in the use of antidepressants, however it is questionable whether patients are being told that in controlled clinical trials the drugs barely outperformed a placebo, says Jonathan Leo, Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy, Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr Leo also states that patients are not told that in many cases the symptoms of depression will improve within six months even without medication, or that many people have significant physiological problems when they try and get off the drugs. In the interest of informed consent, he notes, patients should be given all the facts before taking an antidepressant.

In 2004, a study of previously hidden unpublished data as well as published studies on five SSRIs, was conducted by Tim Kendall, deputy director of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Research Unit in London, to help analyze research to draw up the clinical guidelines for British regulators, and published in the Lancet.

Following his evaluation, Mr Kendall stated: “This data confirms what we found in adults with mild to moderate depression: SSRIs are no better than placebo, and there is no point in using something that increases the risk of suicide.”

In 2005, the British Medical Journal published another study that concluded that SSRIs are no more effective than a placebo and do not reduce depression.

SSRIs have been on the market less than 20 years so their long-term effects are still unknown. Barry Tuner, a professor of law and medical ethics in the UK, says mental illness has skyrocketed in the US because drug companies have marketed it and the US is facing a “societal catastrophe” if this is not reined in.

“In twenty years,” he warns, “a huge percentage of the population will be damaged by these medications and the recipients will have real mental disorders caused by the drugs.”

You can Evelyn Pringle’s latest article in full here.


6 Responses to “The best Kept Secret – SSRIs Do Not Work”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    In twenty years,” he warns, “a huge percentage of the population will be damaged by these medications and the recipients will have real mental disorders caused by the drugs.”

    Well, maybe this is just what they intended to happen…

  2. truthman30 Says:

    In my latest post on my blog : Seroxat link 3 : the yugoslavia trials… its easy to see how GSK managed to get Seroxat passed by the regulators… their clinical trials were basically a sham…

  3. Matthew Holford Says:

    I wonder what Dr Laughren’s doing, now? The Devil’s going to be calling in his marker soon, I imagine!


  4. isaac Says:

    I have been taking ssris for about 7 months now and they have worked great. I also have agoraphobia witch has also improved. Your accusations seem to be quite broad and lack any hard evidence. It puzzles me to why a person is bothered by something that does work and and helps a large number of people. And one question? If they didnt work why would people continue taking them? They certanly do work.

    • admin Says:

      I’m glad they ‘work’ for you Isaac… ever heard of the placebo effect?

      And I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but just wait until you try and stop taking your SSRI.

      At 7 months you are in the honeymoon period.

      Good luck.

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