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Re: Do antidepressants really work? snapper

Posted by SLS on April 6, 2004, at 8:02:10

In reply to Re: Do antidepressants really work?, posted by snapper on April 5, 2004, at 23:04:08

> > Hi Scott, you are correct on the DST thing. At least in my experience. When I had the DST done in 1992' and was almost disappointed that it came back as normal, so to speak. I thought, how come that test came back neg. for me. I wanted a real reason for why I felt so awful. I thought it was a definitive type thing but we obviously know it is not!! Would'nt it be nice if it were that simple?
> snapper

I know.

The DST is by no means specific and sensitive enough to be a global test for biological depression. Many people with biological depression do show normal suppression. I guess this is yet another indication that "depression" is a multifactorial presentation, the exact etiology of which is complex and varies from individual to individual.

I can only guess how you must have felt when your DST came back normal. The results did not "vindicate" you of having any control or responsibility for your mood states, which you in fact have very little. It must have been confusing and unsettling.

- Scott




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