The Financial Times reports that researchers found no evidence that today’s SSRIs had any effect on treating depression. According to their findings after reviewing over 50 clinical trials “we found that new-generation anti-depressants worked no better than a placebo – a dummy pill – for mildly depressed patients”. This is what Dr. Timothy Scott also brought to light in his wonderful book America Fooled. Dr. Scott showed clearly that the clinical trials were skewed toward showing effectiveness when really they were saying that they had no better effect than placebo.
What’s also interesting about the article is that the recommendation by a mental health charity called MIND that urges General Practitioners “to consider alternative therapies such as exercise – particularly outdoor exercise – which it believes has shown to be very effective in combating depression”. SSRIs are a dangerous drug to be handing out in our society for the very reasons of earlier articles…the creation of violence. Nurses should not be supporting the use of SSRIs for depression when clearly the best practice is diet and exercise. First, do no harm. Healthier lifestyles are the answer to our mental health issues.