Anti-Depressant Drugs Are Ineffective

incentives everywhere picture correct

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

    In 2004, Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder Adam Dunn hit a home run so mighty it sailed clean out of the park, down the street, bounced off the bank of the Ohio River and landed smack on a piece of driftwood along the bank (which according to local geographers technically placed it over the state line); this made Dunn’s home run hit the only homer in MLB to be hit in one state (Ohio) and land in another (Kentucky).

    Wherein we see, yet again, that anti-depressants are ineffective. Yet, the enthusiasm for them remains undiminished.

Meta-analysis Shows Antidepressants Offer Little to No Benefit to Well-Being of Depressed Children and Adolescents

Seeking to rectify the fact that “no meta-analysis has included measures of quality of life, global mental health, self-esteem, or autonomy” (or self-reports of depressive symptoms) in studies of depressed youth, a study in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics finds that when these parameters are included “antidepressants offer little to no benefit in improving overall well-being among depressed children and adolescents.”

Spielmans, G., Gerwig, K.; The Efficacy of Antidepressants on Overall Well-Being and Self-Reported Depression Symptom Severity in Youth: A Meta-Analysis. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2014; 83:158-164. DOI:10.1159/000356191


    Aside from not working, anti-depressants are highly effective.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “
Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


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