A new analysis says that the use of antidepressants may be beneficial. Researchers learned that more patients taking Prozac or Effexor had a substantial improvement in their depression symptoms than people taking a placebo pill.
“The idea that unless you’re very, very ill, you’re not going to benefit from treatment does not appear to stand up” when looking closely, said Robert Gibbons, the lead author of the study.
Not everyone in the research studies got better with antidepressants. About five people had to be treated with one of the drugs for one person to feel better, and the benefits seemed to be lessened among some older patients. The researchers believe that antidepressants are not necessarily better than treating depression with traditional talk therapy and exercise.