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(The New York Times)   Study shows when 25% of a population takes antidepressants, they're probably being overprescribed   (well.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 30
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2013-08-21 09:00:04 AM
5 votes:
Or society has failed. I'm putting my money on the last one.
2013-08-21 02:19:43 PM
3 votes:

Thisbymaster: I was thinking about going on antidepressants but I took the hard road of eating better and taking up running. Didn't need a therapist anymore as well.


I am pretty active (hike, sail, ski, run, whatever sounds fun). I eat somewhere between fairly healthy to extremely healthy on a regular basis.

I still have serious issues with depression. And not the "I'm kind of sad today" depression.
2013-08-21 01:54:46 PM
3 votes:
Learning that 1/4 of the country is prescribed antidepressants is depressing.
2013-08-21 01:53:13 PM
3 votes:
Or we've always had about 25 percent of the population that would benefit from anti-depressants, but the drugs hadn't been invented.
2013-08-21 03:23:54 PM
2 votes:

Amos Quito: Thinking about trying antidepressants?

Sure, talk to your doctor, but don't stop there - do you own research - especially when it comes to the SNRI class of AD's.

For some they are like "miracle drugs" - vastly improving quality of life, but for others, the side-effects can be hell - and coming off of them can be like quitting heroin. No exaggeration.

Also, AskAPatient.com is an excellent resource for learning the experiences that others have ad with AD's or ANY pharmaceutical.

Also, your pharmacist often knows more about drugs than your doctor - ask questions and do your research. It's your health and well being that's on the line.

$.02


Crazymeds is another good source

http://www.crazymeds.us/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage
2013-08-21 01:52:04 PM
2 votes:

voltOhm: Or society has failed. I'm putting my money on the last one.


Oh come on, who doesn't want to spend the majority of their life in a job they hate or stuck in traffic getting to the job they hate. Nothing depressing about that.
2013-08-21 01:50:41 PM
2 votes:
I prefer depressants, like scotch
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2013-08-21 10:11:13 AM
2 votes:
You don't have to have a "Major Depressive Episode" to have depression.  Not to mention that some anti-depression medication like Cymbalta is prescribed for chronic pain too.
2013-08-21 09:18:38 AM
2 votes:
this situation surely does not have anything to do with the country going head long into the sewer for the few decades.

our future is so bright i sold my shades.
2013-08-21 05:20:59 PM
1 votes:
4.bp.blogspot.com

Right now, there's a young Udandan boy sleeping on the ground, out in the open. He's holding his AK-47 in his hand. His life is horror.

He's sleeping, cold and shivering, open to the elements, with nothing but his rifle. He has no job, no family, no home, no love, no hope. And yet, he is NOT DEPRESSED. He has purpose. He knows exactly what he has to do the next morning. Get up. Take food. Rape. Be strong. He doesn't ponder the complexities of life or the fairness of this universe. He is like an arrow shot from a bow: No hesitation, no doubt. His course is clear. He has purpose. Clarity. Drive. He will kill and rape, and not muse for one second why he isn't happy, nor will he spend time lying on the floor, crippled by depression.

He is not depressed; he has stuff to do, and will damn well do it. Tomorrow. Rest now.
2013-08-21 03:29:11 PM
1 votes:
Never take any psychiatric medication from a non-psychiatric doctor .
2013-08-21 03:12:51 PM
1 votes:
What's harder- actually diagnosing a patient's symptoms or prescribing a medication that will make a patient not give a damn about what's wrong with him?  Look at how many times chronic heart problems are misdiagnosed as panic disorders.  Chest pain?  It's a panic attack- here, have a Xanax.  Chronic chest pain?  Here, take a Cymbalta and a Paxil every day.  This stethoscope?  Oh, we just wear them for tradition's sake.  I don't need to listen to your heartbeat to know that you're just fine.  Plus, I get a bonus for not sending you to a cardiologist... oops, shouldn't have mentioned that...

And when you have a heart attack and have to spend three weeks in the hospital, they get mad at you for "ignoring the symptoms."  After you do what they say (take a couple Xanax) when you have "the symptoms."
2013-08-21 03:12:18 PM
1 votes:

Stibium: Sure they are overprescribed, but there is little choice in the matter. For many, therapy is the correct choice but that takes time, money, and is often considered shameful.

The only therapy I can get right now is run by incompetent and/or inexperienced people. I can only get in maybe once every two weeks and I'm limited to an hour. The people I need are well beyond what I can pay, and I doubt that if I ever get a job with benefits they'd pay. As well, it's really difficult for people to keep going to their doctors so often without jeopardizing their jobs. And as I said before, I really doubt I could openly tell people I'm going to a psychiatrist without them thinking I'm a crazed lunatic bent on killing everyone in the office.

Let's not forget we have a society that wants instant gratification above all else.

/Because of all of those, I can't get the help I need.


Same thing. If 1 in 10 overall and 25% of certain age groups need therapy, something is also not right. Either something is wrong with the diagnosis, or there is something seriously wrong with your society if really that many people need help.  If the latter, neither therapy nor pills would help because that is fighting symptoms of the societal disease.
2013-08-21 03:10:45 PM
1 votes:
 I think it's a symptom of living in an empire in decline. Russia has a heroin problem that is insane but we're a bit more developed so we get pharmaceuticals and smack.
2013-08-21 02:56:49 PM
1 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: This is the result of a good marketing campaign, good lobbyist, and lazy healthcare professionals.


Even lazier submitters.

Article says one in ten general population, 1 in 4 women over 40.
2013-08-21 02:39:53 PM
1 votes:

megarian: Hehe. Yeah. And the "oh fark my entire body is made out of lead and if I move/could move I will surely die."

And the "Yes, canceling the TV, phone, mail because fark you" seems legit, rational, and necessary.


Oh, that kind. Good luck.
2013-08-21 02:35:49 PM
1 votes:

dumbobruni: its not 1/4 of all Americans. Its 1/4 of middle-aged women.

Overall usage is 1 in 10, which is on par with Iceland.


So I see we need to resurrect the hysteria diagnosis.

Orgasms are the answer, not pills that make them far less likely.
2013-08-21 02:33:54 PM
1 votes:

JohnnyCanuck: megarian: not the "I'm kind of sad today" depression

The "get the fark outta my face or I will stab you in the throat the second you blink" kind?


Hehe. Yeah. And the "oh fark my entire body is made out of lead and if I move/could move I will surely die."

And the "Yes, canceling the TV, phone, mail because fark you" seems legit, rational, and necessary.
2013-08-21 02:27:56 PM
1 votes:

PocketfullaSass: Currently going through Effexor withdrawals....

/gettin' a kick


That shiat was WORST. Extremely scary side effects.

"Hey, doc? Yeah it's megarian. It feels like someone stabbed a live wire into my brain."

"Oh. That's just a side effect from Effexor."

"...thanks for the heads-up. Douche."
2013-08-21 02:15:12 PM
1 votes:

Marley'sGirl: Sadly exercise is under-prescribed.  Of course, the medical industry doesn't make any money off of the healthy people.


Exercise is over the counter. So is eating right and getting enough sleep.
2013-08-21 02:13:57 PM
1 votes:
You know what cures depression?  Money.  I had a decent amount of money for a couple years.  Least depressing time of my life.
2013-08-21 02:12:30 PM
1 votes:
Sadly exercise is under-prescribed.  Of course, the medical industry doesn't make any money off of the healthy people.
2013-08-21 02:09:16 PM
1 votes:

uncleacid: The other 75% just have a hangover.


heh i saw a sign outside a bar in dallas that said "Hate your job? There's a support group for that, it's called the bar. We meet every day"
2013-08-21 02:04:45 PM
1 votes:
The other 75% just have a hangover.
2013-08-21 02:02:39 PM
1 votes:
Want to get rid of the pills?  legalize pot.

You simply can't be depressed with Doritos, Mountain Dew, and Bugs Bunny.
2013-08-21 02:00:22 PM
1 votes:
This is the result of a good marketing campaign, good lobbyist, and lazy healthcare professionals.
2013-08-21 01:55:42 PM
1 votes:

MayoSlather: voltOhm: Or society has failed. I'm putting my money on the last one.

Oh come on, who doesn't want to spend the majority of their life in a job they hate or stuck in traffic getting to the job they hate. Nothing depressing about that.


clearly the solution is more pills
2013-08-21 01:53:13 PM
1 votes:
You try working here. Productivity goes up, pay goes down, commutes increase on deteriorating roads, and time off is a joke.

I need a Xanax just thinking about it. I'd smoke a joint, but that's illegal.
2013-08-21 01:52:34 PM
1 votes:
If you think about it, it's quite obvious why America has the highest rates of depression and anxiety in the world.  And quite obvious that it's going to get worse.
2013-08-21 10:48:36 AM
1 votes:
You can have my Lexapro when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
 
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