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slowlygoingcrazy
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   Posted 4/12/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I read an article, last week I think, on a study about how it is felt that anti-depressants are over prescribed for issues ranging from mild teenage angst to more sever issues that do perhaps require some medication.  It was felt that in many of the cases there were better avenues to explore than simply medicating the patient but doctor's often jumped straight to the medication without exploring other possible avenues first.  I just want to see if anybody has any opinions on that. 
 
I wish I had kept a copy of the article.  I'm going to try to find it and if I do, I'll attach a link.  I'm curious to see what people suffering with depression feel about the findings.
 
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froggy1011
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   Posted 4/12/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I do think that doctors do jump to medication more often than any other treatment. My doctor never went over any other methods of solving depression, but maybe it's just what they believe. Maybe they see medication the only true real evidence that has shown improvement. Not saying that other methods don't work just as well. Maybe the doctors see meds as a cheaper and hassel free way of releaving depression, instead of going to find a counsler of some sort, making appointments every week of so, while paying huge sums of money for it only to feel unchanged. I'm not saying that anti-depressants are cheap, but if you get my point....

Well, atleast if anti-depressents are prescribed for cases that probably wouldn't need it, most anti-depressants are not addictive.(atleast that's good right?) But please do attatch the article if you find it, I'm really interested to see what it says.

froggy
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slowlygoingcrazy
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   Posted 4/12/2007 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
okay, it wasn't quite as I said above.  The study found that depression was being overdiagnosed, but as a result, medication is being prescribed in instances when it's not necessary. 
 
 
These two are very similar articles so I included both.  
 
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wmnak
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   Posted 4/12/2007 11:15 PM (GMT -7)   
i have bipolar dsioredr and depression, amongst oher tings. during my last episodfe of mania, my psychiatrist prescribed a host of antidepressent and antipsychotic meds. i became a zombie. imy wife finally conviced this individual to cut back on my meds so that i could be functonal. when i became functional again, i asked him if he thought it efficatious for me to see a therapist. he reluctantly agrees. since then i've ead that the use of meds and therapy is the preferred meabs of treatind bipi\olar disorder.

i bnow have a new psychiatrist who actes as medicater and therapist. it has helped a lot.

point is that the first dr only wanted to treat me wih meds and overprescribed.

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ShynSassy
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   Posted 4/13/2007 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I to agree that people can become over medicated. Although I do not blame the doctors fully for this as it is easier sometimes to medicate ourselves and not try to figure out what triggered the depression.Going to counseling is very hard,and alot of people just won't do it.

Meds help people though,and everyone is different as far as the therapy they need


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els
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   Posted 4/14/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree that some people can become over medicated and sometimes be miss diagnosed.  However, if you have concerns regarding these things based on this article then in my own opinion I would do somemore research on this topic. 
 
It states "Patients are currently diagnosed on the basis of a constellation of symptoms that include sadness, fatigue, insomnia and suicidal thoughts. The diagnostic manual used by psychiatrists says that anyone who suffers from at least five such symptoms for as little as two weeks may be clinically depressed.  Only in the case of someone grieving over the death of a loved one is it normal for symptoms to last as long as two months, the manual says." Any good resource on depression would tell you that the "manual" used is actually the DSM IV, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  Also, it seems they are discussing situational depression and saying that doctors measure all depressive symptoms on the same scale which is not true.  There are over 14 differant diagnosic criteria that someone can present with depression.  Here is a link so you can see what differant things psychiatrists look for when diagnosing depression. http://allpsych.com/disorders/disorders_alpha.html
 
Yeah there are a lot of doctors who prescribe antidepressants when someone comes in and states their symptoms.  It is always up to the person if they are going to take them or not or if it is the right treatment for them.  Everyone is differant and it is so hard to gauge this.  One thing I can say without a doubt is that any depression symptoms left untreated is extremely dangerous to that person.
 
 

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slowlygoingcrazy
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   Posted 4/14/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   

I don't have any concerns, but when I read the article I found it interesting and wanted to see what people think about it, particularly those suffering with depression.  That's the only reason I put it out there.  Sometimes a good discussion about this sort of thing can be a good thing in general.  I'm going to check out that other website you posted though.  Thanks. 

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els
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   Posted 4/15/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Slowly, I agree on discussing these kind of matters.  But when it comes to posting an article from the Internet I just think it is a good idea to make sure that all the facts are straight and it is a reputable site to post the information from.  There are alot of people who can become influenced by things that we put on here...IMO. :-)

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