Study: Antidepressants Don't Stop All Symptoms

Study: Antidepressants Don't Stop All Symptoms

POSTED: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 6:53am

UPDATED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 9:45am

A new study suggests that even patients who seem to be helped by antidepressants, may not experience a total elimination of depression symptoms.

Some of the most common symptoms include: insomnia, difficulty concentrating and sadness.

Participants in the study reported three to 13 residual symptoms of depression, even if their treatment was considered effective.

Researchers said they were surprised that the persistence of a sad mood was reported by 71 percent of the participants that were on medication. Sadness is one of the hallmark symptoms of depression.

One of the researchers said the study shows that doctors need to pay attention to what isn't being treated with the first-line antidepressant, and should consider other options besides drugs to treat the symptoms.

The study was published in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

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Agreed! I have been a subject in numerous psychiatric studies/meds addressing my major depression. I was once an athlete, a star in a white shoe Park Avenue Law firm and oh yes, Phi Beta Kappa. I continue persevere and hope that someday I will regain the my life and career.

The Bible tells us to be filled with joy and praise (Philippians 4:4; Romans 15:11), so God apparently intends for us all to live joyful lives. This is not easy for someone suffering from situational depression, but it can be remedied through God's gifts of prayer, Bible study and application, support groups, fellowship among believers, confession, forgiveness, and counseling. We must make the conscious effort to not be absorbed in ourselves, but to turn our efforts outward. ALFC Church El Paso

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