Doctors Health Press Comments on New Study that Finds Most Antidepressants Ineffective in Teens

Doctors Health PressBoston, MA, June 10, 2016 – Doctors Health Press (, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and the publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is commenting on a study that found most antidepressants to be ineffective in teens.

A new study published in The Lancet concluded that prescribing antidepressants to teenagers has been historically ineffective. With depression being one of the most common forms of mental illness, researchers conducted the study in order to determine whether pharmaceutical treatments are more effective than placebos. (Source: “Comparative efficacy and tolerability of antidepressants for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents: a network meta-analysis,” The Lancet, June 8, 2016;

“It’s important for doctors and medical professionals to know that the medication or treatments they are prescribing their patients are actually working,” says Adrian Newman, publisher of Doctors Health Press. “This study was fairly extensive and the findings should open the minds of the medical community in searching for alternative ways of treating depression in young people.”

A methodical approach was taken to search through years of published and unpublished clinical trials to determine the effect that 14 different antidepressants had on both children and adolescents who had depression or a similar disorder. Certain parameters were put in place to determine which trials were valid, including the number of participants (at least 10) and the length of the trial (no trial less than four weeks). Researchers were able to narrow down the results to over 5,000 participants from 34 trials.

Based on the results of the study, researchers concluded that there was “no clear advantage” in prescribing antidepressants over placebos. Of the 14 antidepressants prescribed, only fluoxetine (which is also known as “Prozac” or “Sarafem”) proved to be effective in treating symptoms of depression if prescribed to young people.

“The findings of this study demonstrate that taking traditional antidepressants may not be the best way for adolescents to relieve their symptoms of depression,” Newman concludes. “At Doctors Health Press, we have previously reported on natural methods that can help combat depression, including meditation and exercise, omega-3 fatty acids, and the top foods that can fight depression.”

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