Antidepressants May Have No Effect on Mild/Moderate Depression
Depression is a serious illness. Unfortunately it is most often treated with antidepressants. A recent review of research related to the use of antidepressants found that the “magnitude of benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo increases with severity of depression symptoms and may be minimal or nonexistent, on average, in patients with mild or moderate symptoms.” This suggests that those with mild or moderate symptoms of depression may receive little if any benefit from the drugs some of which carry an increased risk of stroke and death. Given these risks, those patients with mild or moderate symptoms may want to consider alternative solutions.