Thursday, June 20, 2013

Depression is Over-diagnosed and Over-treated

Dr. Ramin Mojtabai of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health published his study showing that only 38.4% of patients diagnosed with clinician-identified depression actually met the criteria defined by DSM-IV. Most of those patients were given anti-depressant medications, which incidentally often do not work well. This finding underscores the need to explore non-psychiatric causes of depression-like symptoms, such as yeast imbalance, hypothyroidism, and adrenal fatigue, which are often diagnosed by alternative doctors. When truly needed, anti-depressant medicines and natural products such as SAMe, 5 HTP, and St. John’s wort are important for selected patients, but if an underlying cause can be found, the results will be much better if the whole patient is treated. See mrajaramon Celebration of Health Association website

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