Study confirms that antidepressants do work


A post from our Project Co-ordinator Pete

Love them or hate them, there is no denying antidepressants work. In a wide meta-analysis of previously conducted studies and research, scientists have confirmed that the drugs do work. And some types are shown to be more effective than others.

I started by saying “love them or hate them”. In my personal experience, and in the experiences of other people I’ve spoken with over the years, antidepressant use can polarise opinions about how effective they actually are. We are all different, and many different factors can have an impact on recovery from a depressive episode or the ongoing management of issues.

Personally, I find the results of this study reassuring. I don’t think I’ve been alone in wondering whether these the tablets I used on and off for a few years now have made a positive difference or if its simply been a placebo effect. There is no shame in using medication to help copy with depression or anxiety. If you’re like me then it medication might not be a panacea, instead one part of a mix of therapeutic tools.

The most interesting thing for me in reading up on this topic was that scientists still aren’t entirely sure how antidepressants actually help. The fact that they often do is enough for me.

You can read the results of the study here, in The Lancet.


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