Study: MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS OF PATIENTS ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS NOT DEPRESSED; by DR. SUSAN BERRY 23 Oct 2015.

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“A new study shows that more than two-thirds — some 69 percent – of patients using anti-depressants do not actually meet the criteria for depressive disorder.
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The study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, finds that many individuals who are prescribed and take antidepressant medications may not actually have a depressive disorder, and that such drugs are often used by patients who do not meet the diagnostic criteria of depression.
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According to the research, among the users of antidepressant medications, 69 percent never met the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD), and 38 percent also never met those for obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, or generalized anxiety disorder – for which the antidepressant medications are sometimes prescribed.
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As Breitbart News previously reported, psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland penned an op-ed in the New York Times earlier this year in which she cited that at least one of every four women in America is now on psychiatric medication, as opposed to one of every seven men, a situation Holland described as “insane.”
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Holland observed that women are emotional and sensitive by design – qualities that are generally “a sign of health, not disease.”
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According to Holland, “women are nearly twice as likely to receive a diagnosis of depression or anxiety disorder than men are.” Her concern is that the uptick in prescriptions for psychiatric medications is “creating a new normal, encouraging more women to seek chemical assistance.”
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Women have learned that their normal feelings of sadness and anxiety – while they may be uncomfortable – are symptoms of pathology,” Holland wrote. “We need to … appreciate them as a healthy, adaptive part of our biology.”
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Pills are not the answer for everyone.
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Antidepressants numb our feelings, limit our ability to experience a full range of emotions. Extreme caution is needed.
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Did you know that therapists and prescribing psychologists intend to keep you on that antidepressant the rest of your life. Ask them next time.
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Mine did. I came off of mine anyway after healing took root.
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The antidepressant stabilized my nervous system so I could do the healing work needed.
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My mindfulness practice deepened when I stopped the antidepressants, significantly.
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on October 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I totally believe this. Although I am sure that there are those who truly need them, Doctors seem to want to push pharmaceuticals way too much and yet make it difficult for those with chronic pain,- being more restrictive for those who truly need this medication and harder to obtain.. I had an anti-depressant prescribed for me and I remember telling my mother that after I took it,I was so numb to emotion that I could visualize either her or my dog being hit by a car with no reaction. Once and one time only. Meditation is far better to try first. It’s the patients turn to be a little cautious. Great study!

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