A new study published in the Journal Of Clinical Psychology shows that over 26% of people who took antidepressants last year, would not meet the standard requirements considered in diagnosing depression. It is estimated that nearly 15 million adult Americans may experience some type of depression in a given year. The resulting math would suggest that nearly 4 million people have taken antidepressants that they did not need to. One of the studies author’s hints that these patients would have been unnecessarily exposed to certain side effects of the drugs including weight gain, sexual problems, and headaches.
A medical student involved in the study has reported that people might approach their doctors with certain symptoms of depression, but it may not necessarily be the case. The study suggests that although symptoms such as poor sleep, altered mood, and relationship problems could be related to depression, they might also eventually disappear in time without the use of drugs. Another doctor involved in the study, suggests that alternative methods such as psychotherapy or counseling might better suit the patient before turning to medication.