Since JayPeeFreely left the following info as a comment on my post Bipolar Wellness Activity 5, I'm not sure how many of you read it. So I'm reposting it here. Thanks Jason! I appreciate the information. As I believe I've mentioned before, I can't get out of a severe depression without medication, but I believe it's primarily because I took medication for too many years. But who knows? Maybe my new exercise regimen will make a difference.
"Just today, another study pointed out that placebos were nearly as effective as depression medication. That most moderate depressions could be handled without prescribing Prozac or Seroxat.
Quote: "This means that depressed people can improve without chemical treatments.
"Given these results, there seems little reason to prescribe antidepressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients unless alternative treatments have failed to provide a benefit."
The study, published in the journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) Medicine, looked at Prozac, Seroxat, Effexor and Serzone and found the drugs were only better than a placebo for some people with severe depression.
Kirsch's team said it was one of the most thorough probes into the impact of new generation anti-depressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
But drug companies strongly questioned the findings.
What does that tell us? Maybe the meds route is not to be sought out as the 1st step to wellness. And our drug companies are hiding their less-than-stellar drug trials."