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Antidepressants Work, But Only For Really Depressed People

Allen Frances | Posted 05.07.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Disabling depression almost always requires an antidepressant, mild usually does not (watchful waiting or psychotherapy are better first choices). The decision to start an antidepressant is a serious one that should not be made lightly after a brief evaluation with a primary care doctor.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby (Part 3 of 3): Treating Maternal Depression and Anxiety

Carly Snyder, MD | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Carly Snyder, MD

The gold standard treatment for antenatal depression is psychotherapy either with or without pharmacotherapy (medication), depending on specific symptoms. A typical treatment protocol for Jane (listed alphabetically below) combines these with adjunct and complementary therapies for improved healing.

You Are Not Alone: A Conversation About OCD

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

You must nurture yourself and only stay close to people who know how to support you and comfort you. People with OCD whose close companions understand the disease and care for and support you relieve their symptoms more effectively. Get help, care for yourself, and be kind to yourself.

Take Antidepressants? You May Be Staving Off Dementia

Anna David | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

When you take an SSRI or mood stabilizer, you encounter plenty of people who say they, too, think they could benefit from something like that but they...

Ridding the Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Zane Rubin | Posted 08.18.2016 | Teen
Zane Rubin

The line between getting beaten down by the experience of human existence, and having a mental illness always seems to move. I know I lie toward the ill side, and yet I feel very wary to find the antidote to said illness. What if medication doesn't work?

Anti-Depressants Make It Harder To Orgasm

Posted 08.04.2015 | Home

I thought I knew a lot about female sexuality, but after having sex expert Emily Nagoski come by the show, I realized how much more there was to it! ...

Carolyn Gregoire

Why This Psychologist Thinks The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely 'Backwards' | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.03.2015 | Science

Anti-depressants are the most commonly-prescribed medication in the U.S., with one in 10 Americans currently taking pills like Zoloft and Lexapro to t...

This Project Could Help Scientists Create Better Antidepressants

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.06.2015 | Science

An estimated 350 million people around the world, and 3.3 million American adults, suffer from depression. In the U.S., 10 percent of adults (and ...

Rethinking Serotonin's Role in Clinical Depression

Teagan Wall | Posted 11.09.2014 | Science
Teagan Wall

Since the 1950s, clinical depression has been thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, specifically an imbalance of the neurotransmitter serotonin. But a paper published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience last month suggests that no, depression is not cause by serotonin dysfunction.

Anna Almendrala

The Unexpected Factor That Could Be Sabotaging Breastfeeding Efforts | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents

New mothers who struggle with depression might feel hesitant to keep taking antidepressant medication while breastfeeding. But new research hints that...

The Parenting Fear I Couldn't Escape -- And Still Apologize For

Julia Fierro | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Julia Fierro

We laugh about it now. Still, I find myself apologizing now and then, despite the years that have passed, because I haven't completely forgiven myself.

$1.5 Million Award in Autistic Child Tardive Dyskinesia Legal Case

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

On Feb. 11, 2014, a Chicago jury awarded $1.5 million to an autistic child who developed a severe case of tardive dyskinesia and tardive akathisia whi...

This Is Your Brain on Drugs

David Blistein | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

"This is your brain. This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?" -- Script for PSA by Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 1987 This...

STUDY: Antidepressants Taken During Pregnancy Don't Cause Autism

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

BY GENE EMERY NEW YORK Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:15pm EST (Reuters Health) - Women who take a common type of antidepressant during pregnancy are not more...

Marijuana Blamed for Dzhokhar's Alleged Boston Bombings

Russ Belville | Posted 06.20.2013 | Crime
Russ Belville

Let's see, there are 26.1 million annual tokers, 17 million monthly tokers, and 2 million daily tokers in America. Two of them are alleged terrorists. That's literally, at best, a one-in-a-million risk.

Faster-Acting Experimental Antidepressants Show Promise

| Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living

By Ricki Rusting (Click here for the original article) Antidepressants restore well-being to many people, but sometimes at the cost of such side e...

Xanax Facts and Whitney Houston

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Reports that Xanax and other benzos are not usually lethal when taken alone are vastly misleading. Xanax is rarely taken alone. Why? Because as much or more than any other prescribed drug, Xanax causes medication spellbinding.

New Research: Antidepressants Can Cause Long-Term Depression

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

It has been apparent for many years that chronic exposure to SSRI antidepressants frequently makes people feel apathetic or less engaged in their lives, and ultimately more depressed.

Judge Sentences Teenager In Prozac Murder Case

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The judge's opinion is a landmark legal confirmation of the scientific fact that the newer antidepressants like Prozac, including the SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, can cause violence and even murder.

Judge's Opinion On Prozac-Induced Murder Now Available Online

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 10.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Many tragic acts of suicide and violence could be averted by reducing or stopping the use of anti-depressant drugs, and by greater professional and public awareness of the dangers associated with these drug.

Judge Agrees Prozac Could Have Made Teen a Killer

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The judge declared in his decision, "His basic normalcy now further confirms he no longer poses a risk of violence to anyone and that his mental deterioration and resulting violence would not have taken place without exposure to Prozac."

Study: Link Between Antidepressants and Miscarriage

TIME | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

New research suggests that women who take antidepressant medications during pregnancy may have an increased risk of miscarriage....

The Mass Production of Mental Illness and What To Do About It

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Dr. Richard P. Bentall, professor and practitioner of clinical psychology in Britain, exposes the highly dubious nature of reigning presumptions about the causes and treatment of mental illness.

What Would Happen if Men Lost their Testosterone for a Few Days Each Month?

Rebecca Booth, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Booth, MD

Understanding the hormonal cycle is imperative for maximizing our physical and mental health, and the younger the woman is when she is enlightened, the better off she will be.

Old Drug, New Drug . . . Red Drug, Blue Drug?

James S. Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James S. Gordon

This letter of mine appeared in The New York Times yesterday (in somewhat shortened form), under the title, "Alternatives to New Drugs." I thought yo...