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Re: Do Antidepressants extend lifespan? bleauberry

Posted by yxibow on August 23, 2009, at 23:40:29

In reply to Re: Do Antidepressants extend lifespan?, posted by bleauberry on August 23, 2009, at 17:02:40

> Do Antidepressants extend lifespan?
> No.
> Longterm followup studies show it.


And if the semantics are misconstrued in this, I don't believe that antidepressants are "life extension" supplements that some people believe will make them live to 200 years old or whatever.

> Stress is not reduced.
> Suicides are not reduced.
> Underlying diseases progress while misdiagnosed as depression.
> New diseases/syndromes are created.
> Remissions are a minority and commonly relapse within 3 years.
> Actually unmedicated depression patients who just try to live as healthy as they can the remainder of their miserable lives live longer than the medicated ones.

I also can't believe what borders on complete lack of concern for people with depression

> Stress is not reduced.

No, depression has been commpletely unstressful to me... I feel perfectly at ease with primary and second depression. I've loved having problems, bleauberry.

"> Suicides are not reduced."

WTF ?? Of course they are in people who are suicidal who respond to medication. I've never thought about that at all.

> Underlying diseases progress while misdiagnosed as depression.

Yes, we know, Lyme, Lyme, Lyme.

In all fairness though, comorbid diseases are always going to be there. I'm quite sure I've had the common cold.

> New diseases/syndromes are created.

Side effects occur. Yes, I've had neurological consequences which are RARE to most other people and I'm not happy about that. But I'd be a lot worse without something on board.

> Remissions are a minority and commonly relapse within 3 years.

And where did this scientific paper quote come from?

There are plenty of success stories, antidepressant or therapy or both otherwise.

There's no such thing as 100% remission of anything, there's no "perfect" person.

But if you're successful with medication and continue to take it, you will likely to continue to experience this for some time to come, and that's more than 3 years.

Sorry, I'm trying to be civil, but this is really unfair to people who are fighting for their life and livelihood with depression on this board.

-- Jay




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