How to Treat Depression - an article I wrote

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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Based off my own experience dealing with this demon of depression + my research, I wrote the following article:

Thought people here might find it useful - and if anyone has ideas how to make it even better so that it can help more people, please let me know!

Thanks =)

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   Posted 10/23/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks bluebird2, but me and my pdr has tried every anti-depressant and I'm still depressed, I also go to therapy been doing that for 5 yrs.

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   Posted 10/24/2009 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
not very nice zapped. jamie. nono

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   Posted 10/24/2009 4:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Right, no more comments in this thread (and don't make any other threads either) regarding this study, until a Depression mod comes along and decides what to do with this.

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   Posted 10/24/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   

I feel your comment was somewhat hostiel. Though I am not removing it as that is your opinion. And that is what she wanted was peoples opinion. Maybe some more of a constructive advice would have been appreciated. But this is how she will learn.

I hope that this is okay. I jsut feel people have a right to their opinions whether we agree with them or not.

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   Posted 10/24/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   

It's widely accepted that the placebo effect for antidepressant treatment is roughly 30%. Since you've dared me to quote some sources, I've spent hours and hours scouring the literature for responses, only to realize that it would actually only take 5 minutes to find 5 sources from reputable publications like the American Journal of Psychiatry and websites like PsychCentral.

See paper, Why antidepressants are not antidepressants: STEP-BD, STAR*D, and the return of neurotic depression
See paper, Effectiveness of antidepressants: an evidence myth constructed from a thousand randomized trials?

You might not be used to reading medical research papers, so I'll provide some quotes for you.

"Treatment studies of depression have found that approximately 50 to 65 percent of patients respond to medication and that approximately 25 to 35 percent respond to placebo," from

"While the herb had only managed to cure 24% of cases of moderate to severe depression, taking just a sugar pill had cured 32%," Guardian Unlimited

"However, while the response to antidepressants was similar across diagnostic groups (range=46% to 63%), the main difference was that the response to placebo was higher for youths with major depressive disorder (50%) when compared with the placebo response for youths with OCD and non-OCD anxiety disorders (32% and 39%, respectively)," American Journal of Psychiatry

We do not know what causes depression. Saying that it's environmental is like saying that the brain works because of chemical reactions. Being able to roughly classify something is not even close to an understanding of the underlying mechanisms and how to treat them.
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