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Important Factors Typically Ignored in Mental Health Screening Tests

Taking Antidepressant Drugs

Story at-a-glance -

  • 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 are on antidepressant drugs. In 2010, antidepressants were the second most commonly prescribed type of medication in the US
  • Short-term trials show that antidepressants do NOT provide any clinically significant benefits for mild to moderate depression, compared to a placebo
  • Long-term studies also indicate that of people with major depression, only about 15 percent that are treated with an antidepressant go into remission and stay well for a long period of time
  • The remaining 85 percent of those treated with antidepressants start having continuing relapses and become chronically depressed
  • There are many options besides antidepressants for addressing depression. Three of the most effective strategies include optimizing your vitamin D level and gut health, and getting regular exercise

By Dr. Mercola

According to the US National Institute of Mental Health, 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 are on antidepressant drugs and among some groups like women in their 40 and 50s it is one in four.


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