New studies suggest that medicine that is regularly being taken by millions of people may be merely a placebo. The drug companies themselves now admit that antidepressants such as Prozac probably don’t work.

BBC News reports that a new study shows that these medicines only help “a small group of the most severely depressed,” and quotes researcher Irving Kirsch as saying, “The difference in improvement between patients taking placebos and patients taking anti-depressants is not very great. This means that depressed people can improve without chemical treatments. Given these results, there seems little reason to prescribe antidepressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients, unless alternative treatments have failed to provide a benefit.”

Other studies have shown that, in adolescents anyway, these medicines can lead to even MORE depression, since there has been an increase in the suicide rate in teens who are on antidepressants.

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