Antidepressants aren’t needed most of the time

Shocking report reveals psych drugs have a 98 percent “failure rate”

Here’s a revolutionary idea: Let’s stop giving people dangerous drugs that don’t work.

I know that sounds like plain old common sense, and so obvious that no one should even have to suggest it.

But common sense flew out the window long ago. Today, countless people are being drugged with dangerous pills they never needed in the first place. And millions are paying the ultimate price, according to a damning new report.

The analysis, published in BMJ, found that more than half a million Americans and Europeans die needlessly each year because of unnecessary psychiatric drugs.

And a shocking 98 percent of the patients given antidepressant, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and dementia drugs don’t actually need them.

Which means, of course, that a measly 2 percent of the people who are handed heavy-duty psych drugs, could actually benefit from them. The rest are unknowingly taking unnecessary risks — including the ultimate risk of all, death.

There have been persistent links between antidepressants and suicide, which the drug industry has tried its best to downplay. But the new editorial from a leading Cochrane researcher reports the risk is not only real, but there have been 15 times more suicides among antidepressant users than reported by the FDA.

And at a 98 percent “failure rate” it should come as no surprise that most of the drugs were only approved in the first place because of studies so rigged they could sail the Pacific.

Patients recruited for studies of psychotropic drugs are often already on other meds. To participate in the study, they’re taken off those drugs for a “washout” period and suffer withdrawal as a result.

The new drug that’s being tested is then given and, naturally, it eases the terrible withdrawal, so the patient of course reports feeling better.

On paper, that looks like a solid victory for the drug.

In reality, all the drug did was feed the urge for medication.

And when drugs do actually beat placebos, it’s often not by much. In some cases, patients on a placebo report the same benefits… just a few days later.

Unfortunately, as revealing as it is the new report still falls short. It fails to mention that many people battling so-called psychiatric problems can get the help they need from nondrug therapies such as natural remedies, homeopathic medicine and good nutrition.

Brain friendly nutrients such as fish oil, 5-htp and B vitamins could give you the boost you need. And herbal interventions, such as roseroot have been proven to be effective, as well.

In other cases, detoxification treatments and hormone therapies are what are called for. Work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can offer you real solutions — NOT deadly drugs.