Dr Oz: Antidepressants May Make You Feel More Depressed
Dr. Oz told his audience this episode is one of the most important episodes he will do all year. He said he is shedding a light on a controversial topic and revealing the truth about antidepressants. New research has shown they don’t work as well as we thought and they could even be making you feel worse. If you take any type of antidepressants, this is one episode of Dr. Oz you need to watch.
Dr Oz: Antidepressants Work As Well As Placebos
About one in 10 Americans take an antidepressant, which equates to about 30 million people. Although it may seem troubling that about 30 million need to take antidepressants, what is even more troubling is that new research has found antidepressants to have no more benefit than a placebo but with all the dangerous side effects of prescription pills.
Dr. Drew Pinsky was a guest on Dr. Oz today and he said he believes the use of antidepressants has gotten out of control because doctors do not spend enough time with their patients. He said they are quick to pull out prescription pads because it is the fastest way to help a patient but it may not always be the best way.
Dr Oz: Antidepressants Increase Suicidal Thoughts In Children
Dr. Oz mentioned a requirement that was put in place in 2004 by the FDA which required drug manufacturers to place suicide warning labels on the bottles of antidepressants. Although it is uncommon, Dr. Drew said in some groups of people, especially children and adolescents, antidepressants can increase suicidal thinking.
Dr Oz: Antidepressants Can Increase Depression
Dr. Drew Pinsky’s biggest concern with antidepressants is the amount they are being prescribed. He said doctors do not have the time they need and oftentimes patients come in demanding a prescription. He said when you give someone antidepressants that may not need them, the long term effects can be dangerous. It can actually lead someone to feeling more depressed.
Dr. Drew also pointed out that many of the prescriptions for antidepressants are being handed out by primary care physicians, internists and gynecologists, most of whom do not have the proper amount of training or the ability to assess the patient.
Dr. Oz elaborated on what Dr. Drew mentioned about antidepressants leading to depression, citing recent research showing people taking antidepressants were twice as likely to have their depression come back as the participants who were taking the placebo.
Dr Oz: What Causes Depression?
We used to think depression was caused by serotonin levels in the brain becoming imbalanced and that meant doctors were prescribing antidepressants because we thought they would increase the serotonin levels. But now experts believe depression is not caused by a serotonin imbalance and taking antidepressants could cause more problems for the patient. It could actually lead to worse chemical imbalances in the body leading to suicidal thoughts making it hard to get yourself off the medication.
Dr Oz: All Brains Act Differently Towards Antidepressants
Dr. Daniel Amen said antidepressants can help the right person, while they can have dangers for the wrong person. Dr. Amen said he has spent the past 20 years looking at brain scans of people with depression and he found that two people with the same depression symptoms can have brains that react differently to the medication. This can lead someone to have suicidal thoughts when they never had any before taking the medication.
Dr. Oz: Antidepressants Given To People Without Depression
Dr. Oz shared the result of research done by his medical team which found many people taking antidepressants were never diagnosed with depression. Dr. Drew was shocked and said this went against everything he was taught in medical school. He said no doctor should prescribe medication without a proper diagnosis.