AntiDepressants Don’t Deliver
Antidepressants come high on the list of meds that affect men’s sexual drive and performance – and often men are not told before they start taking them they will have a negative impact. You’re already feeling down and lacking in interest – and you’re offered something that will make you feel even less interested.
It’s a fact that 86 percent of people taking antidepressants have one or more side effects, including sexual dysfunction, fatigue, insomnia, loss of mental abilities, nausea, and weight gain, and drop them within four months.
Worst yet, as Dr Mark Hyman reports in the Huffington Post a new study just published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows, antidepressants don’t work. What’s even more depressing is the pharmaceutical industry has deliberately buried the studies which show they don’t work.
Hiding Bad News
They either did not publish them at all, or published them with a positive spin to make the results look better than they are. Dr Hyman goes into a lot more detail in his blog about how hard the drug companies have worked to hide the bad news.
The problem is even worse than it sounds, because the positive studies hardly showed benefit in the first place. For example, 40 percent of people taking a placebo (sugar pill) got better, while only 60 percent taking the actual drug had improvement in their symptoms. Looking at it another way, 80 percent of people get better with just a placebo.
The slanted results have given us a warped view of anti depressants, leading us to believe they are much more effective than they are, says Mark Hyman.
“It has fuelled the tremendous growth in the use of psychiatric medications, which are now the second leading class of drugs sold, after cholesterol-lowering drugs.”
But Dr Hyman says you don’t have to settle for anti-depressants if you are feeling down. If you address the underlying issues and imbalances in your body, you can find non drug answers for depression that will offer much more positive long term benefits.
Take a look at Dr Hyman’s Seven Step Plan for Dealing with Depression without Drugs.