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Study Finds SSRIs Only Outperform Placebos 15 Percent of the Time, Withdrawals May Be Worse Than Original Problem | human events

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A new report says that antidepressants are more effective than sugar pills only 15 percent of the time and have other side effects. Some experts have said that the United States has a “generation of guinea pigs“when it comes to how many adolescents are prescribed these medications. Since the 1980s, psychiatric drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include Zoloft, Lexapro, and Prozac, among others, have been heralded as a revolution in the treatment of depression and have become a mainstay of mental health treatment.

According to news weekIn 2019, 43 million or one in eight Americans were taking an SSRI. The outlet noted that those numbers have likely increased over the COVID-19 pandemic due to growing anxiety and doctors calling on the phone with so many new prescriptions for Zoloft. The drug was prescribed so frequently that the FDA warned of drug shortages. Doctors with very little psychiatric training prescribe SSRIs to children and adults.