Scientists keep themselves busy with psychiatric diagnoses and treatments, even though there is not a shred of science in psychiatry. This time they have figured out a blood test that could mean a personalised treatment for depression. There are just a few problems. The first problem is that nobody can say what depression is. Doctors have already big enough trouble diagnosing physical diseases and the criteria are often quite general. But for psychiatric disease they don’t even have one single test available to make a diagnosis. So how can you then have a test to personalise the treatment?
“earlier treatment with a more potent course of anti-depressants” So they are just trying to find a way to sell more pills. That’s not surprising. The researchers have just missed a piece of information. Independent studies of anti-depressant drugs have shown that these drugs are no better than a placebo. Oops. Considering the limited value of double-blind, placebo controlled studies it’s even quite likely that the placebo’s work better. But researchers are generally not bothered by facts, so it’s not strange that they think that they should treat patients with higher doses of different useless drugs, as that will work so much better. It’s something like “0 + 0 = 20”. I’m not sure in what world this makes sense, else than with scientists.
“at the earliest signs of depression” What on earth does that mean? Nowadays every negative emotion is labeled depression and doctors are very happy to hand out pills for that, whether the patient asks for it or not. But the researchers think that pills should be prescribed even earlier than immediately. Wouldn’t that mean that we should all take pills before unpleasant things happen to us? Some people indeed suggest that we should add these drugs to the water, but fortunately that hasn’t happened so far.
“Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness,” No, it’s not. But the number of diagnoses of depression is indeed going out of hand, just like the number of people who get a prescription for anti-depressants. Life is full of good and bad things. Feeling sad because life has thrown you into the mud is not a depression, it’s life. That’s why it’s a known fact that at least 50% of the people who are labelled “depressed” get over it without any help whatsoever in about six months. But psychiatrists don’t know that. They can’t say what depression is. They can’t do a test for it. So they can’t properly diagnose it. So they can’t say when someone is cured.
“trying one drug after another for months on end” And then at once they start feeling better. That’s not because of the drugs, which have been proven to be useless. It’s just that without drugs they would also have started to feel better after all these months. It’s not so hard to understand. But obviously the researchers are not too smart and don’t understand this.
“would allow for a more appropriate use of anti-depressants.” Would that mean not prescribing these drugs to everyone and anyone who doesn’t feel too well? That sounds like a great idea, but somehow I don’t think that’s the intention of this research. Considering that these drugs have been proven to be no better, probably worse, than a placebo I suggest that depressive people will only get prescriptions for placebo’s. That would have another huge advantage: placebo’s don’t have the horrible unwanted effects that anti-depressants have. It’s known that these drugs make many people suicidal or homicidal, that they cause huge weight gain, flatten emotions and are often very hard to quit. Placebo’s don’t have those problems. Wouldn’t that be the solution to the problem?
“origins of patients’ depression” Dr. Salom, what are the origins of depression? Do you know? Do you actually have a good definition of depression? If not, do you have any idea what you are talking about? It doesn’t seem so.
This kind of research is like “fantasy + wishful thinking = dangerous rubbish”. Anti-depressants are dangerous drugs that have no advantages and only dangers. Why on earth are they on the market? The answer is simple: money. These drugs make Big Pharma a lot of money. And so they can stay, no matter how many people get killed. That’s $cience.