In the history of drug sales, Prozac is a superstar. When the pill was first approved to treat depression over 25 years ago, it wasn’t just about marketing a new medicine, it was selling a new mindset.
The treatment philosophy behind Prozac and the many other mood-stabilizing medications that followed, is that depression and anxiety are caused by a brain chemistry imbalance. Take the appropriate pill (or combination of pills) to chemically correct your particular defect and symptoms are sure to fade.
Or so experts believed. Although psychiatrists, institutions, and drugmakers assured the public that there was solid science behind the drugs designed to alter brain chemistry, the theory has never been proven and the studies once used to support it are now seen as deeply flawed. In fact, research has shown that these medicines may actually worsen anxiety and depression over time and can be more addictive than opioids.
Despite growing evidence of harm, these drugs still reign as the standard of mental health care. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 10 percent of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressants.
The majority of these prescriptions target women. Females are 2 1/2 times as likely to take antidepressant medication as males, and one in four women in their 40s and 50s are on drug treatment for depression. (Read More)
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