Posted by Deborah Pujoue on August 18, 2011
As most people are well aware, antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa are more popular and in greater demand than ever. Heck, even people who haven’t been diagnosed with depression (which these drugs were created to treat) are taking them for every little discomfort they feel. According to new research, antidepressants like these are now the second-most-prescribed medication in the United States.
Doctors at Johns Hopkins University have published new study results that show that almost three-quarters of all antidepressant prescriptions are signed by doctors without patients even having a specific diagnosis. While this is alarming, it is worse to know that it is medical doctors that are doing most of the prescribing and not psychiatrists.
Dr. Morgan Sauer says that the study includes the most popular antidepressants like Prozac or Celexa. Sauer also says that some doctors are writing prescriptions for the antidepressants for every little ailment including fatigue and chronic pain. That is insane!
With all of the news and studies that have proven just how dangerous these drugs can be, doctors are now prescribing them as a way of treating pain and sleepiness. Wow! It makes me wonder if the medical profession is more interested in giving patients drugs than it is in healing them.
Americans spend about $10 billion a year on antidepressants. But how did antidepressants like Prozac ever become so popular in the first place — especially when studies have shown that antidepressants aren’t even really better than placebos at treating the condition they were designed to treat in the first place (depression)?
Perhaps the next time your doctor prescribes you an antidepressant, you should think twice about its merits. If you are a pregnant woman, you shouldn’t touch the drugs at all because of the proven links between Prozac and Celexa and birth defects like oral clefts, PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn) and neural tube defects. Why risk it? While sometimes the drugs may seem necessary, some doctors disagree. When it comes to post-partum depression, that is a matter of choice — just be sure to take your medications with the express supervision of your doctor and ask about whether you should be nursing.