Sunday, June 6, 2010

Americans Prefer Antidepressants Over Talk Therapy

An intriguing MSNBC-Reuters article describes how Consumer Reports conducted a survey of 1,500 readers, only to find out that 80% of patients were prescribed antidepressants, and that SSRIs (such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft) were preferred over SNRIs such as Effexor [and its newer brother, Pristiq] and Cymbalta because of side effects.

NOTE: DBSA's position can be compared to a three-legged stool - we recommend that any person with a mood disorder should consult a psychiatrist for a diagnosis and prescriptions, use a therapist for discussing personal problems and working out coping strategies, and frequent support groups to be around people who understand your situation and can speak from personal experience.

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