Dr. Marty Hinz and his team at NeuroResearch in Duluth, MN presents a webinar series on Wednesdays to help practitioners like me keep up with the latest research and do the best job we can for our patients.
This week he provided some facts about the antidepressant medications on the market at this time – all statistics I’ve read before (I don’t have the references at hand to link you to the actual research.) Here is what he said:
- In the treatment of depression 87% to 93% of patients achieve relief of symptoms no better than a sugar pill.
- In treatment of depression the placebo effect of reuptake inhibitors ranges up to 45% (the vast majority of depression responses observed with antidepressant administration is due to the placebo effect, not the drug.)
- The odds of experiencing a drug side effect from a reuptake inhibitor is much greater than achieving relief of symptoms from the drug (non-placebo improvement).
- Reuptake inhibitors deplete neurotransmitters leading to suicidal ideation, inability to stop the drug, relapse of symptoms, etc.
So, if what you are taking for depression isn’t helping or has stopped helping, or if you are experiencing those side effects, and want to try something else, let’s talk!