People who take antidepressants often say they feel better, but some researchers claim that's the placebo effect. If so, aren't drug companies abusing depressed people by getting them to buy pricey, useless drugs? On the other hand, if antidepressants make you feel better, is the feeling lasting, and are they addictive? -ssdfssasdva asdfascaasa
So your question is, are antidepressants bad because they don't work, or bad because they do? We can eliminate a few possibilities right off the bat. For starters, if I'm in the antidepressant business, I'm not about to sell a product that permanently cheers people up. What I want is something they need on a regular basis, like a nice glass of wine. But I take it you're more interested in pills.
First some statistics:
• One in nine Americans over age 12 takes antidepressants, including one in four women between 40 and 59. Since the early 1990s antidepressant use has increased 400 percent across all age groups. Nobody's going to tell me life has become 400 percent more depressing.