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Re: Antidepressants Hardly Help ( Time Magazine) Sigismund

Posted by SLS on May 14, 2009, at 6:13:13

In reply to Re: Antidepressants Hardly Help ( Time Magazine) SLS, posted by Sigismund on May 13, 2009, at 21:21:47

> Apart from being banned or hard to get?
> Anything that's any good will be banned, won't it?
> My psych told me.

I disagree. I believe very strongly that most of the drugs currently being classified as antidepressants do work. People who are skeptics of the efficacy of these drugs might prefer to believe that psychostimulants and opioids are the types of drugs that work to treat depression.

Only one antidepressant drug comes to mind that was banned for reasons that I deem unjustified. This drug is known as amineptine (Survector), and is often spoken about on Psycho-Babble. I wish it were available for me to try it. There are some people for whom it was the only drug that ever worked, especially when combined with low dosages of amisulpride. Amineptine is a very dopaminergic drug. It did have a history of recreational use, but the degree to which this happened was a lot smaller than we see with many other available drugs. I think the thing that buried amineptine is that it was used by Olympic athletes to enhance their performance. The Olympic committee banned its use at some point. It was withdrawn from worldwide market not very long afterwards.

Since I have personally witnessed just about every antidepressant produce life-changing therapeutic benefit in the treatment of major depressive illness (MDD), I really cannot agree with the sentiments of others that these drugs don't work.

Even if every single clinical trial of a drug is corrupt for various reasons does not de facto reflect on the efficacy of the drug tested.

- Scott




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