An independent study was just released showing that antidepressants really aren't any more effective than placebos. (Read more about these findings here.) I'm not surprised; pretty much anyone I've known personally who has been on these drugs doesn't seem to get any better, they just kind of stay the same, at best.
But I do think the drugs do something to your brain, which is probably why people feel like they are getting their money's worth. I've tried antidepressants a long time ago; I can't use them because I'm allergic (as in I could have a seizure). I've also tried St. John's Wort a handful of times (which was probably a bad idea considering I'm seizure prone), and my brain always felt a bit "funny" on it. But does a temporary increase in seratonin really cure depression in the long run? Umm, apparently not.
CNN just published a story about antidepressants. They are now the most prescribed drug in the United States. What's even scarier, however, is the lead story about a woman who was prescribed antidepressants so she wouldn't get upset at her husband's poor financial management.
Once on the antidepressants, the wife did not care what her husband did with their money. Accordingly, he "led the family into financial ruin."
What amazes me about this is that these stories come out and no-one blinks an eye. Yet, people like myself who partake in alternative healing methods are constantly given a hard time by people in the medical industry. We're supposedly quacks and frauds. Yet, I don't go out passing out powerful drugs to people who don't need them, just so they can avoid their problems.