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Anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, study suggests

Anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, study suggests | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Commonly prescribed anti-depressants appear to be doing patients more harm than good, say researchers who have published a paper examining the impact of the medications on the entire body.
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Could antidepressants help reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?

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A groundbreaking study published in Elsevier’s Epilepsy & Behaviorprovides evidence in mouse model that drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs; one category of antidepressants) may reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

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OCD Is Most Often Treated with Antidepressants

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If you were ever wondering what was the most popular treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), wonder no longer. It's not psychotherapy.
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Kandis Y's curator insight, February 26, 2014 5:22 PM

Treating OCD with medication (e.g. antidepressants) makes total sense if those suffering have a chemical imbalance.  The literature seems to support treating these clients with both medication and behavioral therapy to get the best outcome (e.g. symptom reduction), contrary to the finding of this article (which totally discounts psychotherapy as a treatment for OCD).  I also found that anti-anxiety medicine was a common medication treatment for this population, but that different clients react differently to each type (and combination) of treatment.  Like anything else, this is not a one size fits all treatment plan and individual considerations need to be considered.  However, this article makes treatment sound like it is lacking and that not enough has been done to develop a medication that is specific to OCD.  Depressing! 

Erika Collins's curator insight, December 9, 2014 9:52 PM

This was an interesting article to read given that I just read two other sources with contradictory information. In this source, "OCD Is Most Often Treated with Antidepressants," Grohol mentions that the most popular treatment for OCD isn't psychotherapy, but rather antidepressants (Grohol, 2012). In the Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Gyula Bokor and Peter Anderson published an an article, "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," which mentions that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most common treatment for OCD that doesn't use medications and that SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are the main treatment that uses medication (Bokor & Anderson, 2014). This seems to contradict the article here. I attempted to look for a mention of antidepressant medication use for OCD in the article by Bokor and Anderson, but couldn't find anything. 

 

In a different source, an article titled, "What Are The Common Myths About OCD?" a doctor named Jonathan Abramowitz also has differing information. He suggests that although medications work for some people with OCD, the "best treatment" is actually cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) (Orenstein, 2011). This source seems to agree with the statement in Bokor and Anderson's article, that CBT is a common and successful way to treat OCD (Orenstein, 2011; Bokor & Anderson, 2014). However, I didn't see this mentioned in this article by Grohol. This could be because he is only referring to treatments that use medications. 

 

I think this article was high in quality, the author seems to be very educated not just about the disorder itself, but the economy of the disorder. The writing was easy to understand and he used reputable sites to back up his claims but I still think there were some problems with the facts he presented. As for the overall diversity of this article, I would say that there are some minor issues, including the fact that this didn't mention the statistics or information about OCD medication in other countries, not only that but it only gave one medication, whereas there are many different possible medications for people who suffer with OCD. 

 

References:

 

Bokor, G., & Anderson, P. D. (2014). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 27(2), 116-130. doi:10.1177/0897190014521996

 

Orenstein, B. W. (2011, October 13). 8 Common Myths About OCD. Retrieved from http://www.everydayhealth.com/anxiety/8-common-myths-about-ocd.aspx