Drug dealers in white coats

Explanation for the epidemic of consumption of antidepressants given much: the economic crisis and demographic changes to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the spread of social networks. But, according to recent research, the cause may lie elsewhere: the majority of diagnoses of "depression", delivered by U.S. doctors, did not meet the "Psychiatric Bible" — a common standard definition of the disease.


According to a study conducted by the staff of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, this applies to almost two-thirds (!) Of all 5,000 diagnoses rechecked by experts according to the strict criteria of the collection of standards Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ( DSM).

Most often incorrectly diagnosed depression in elderly patients: in 6 cases out of 7 patients over 65 received prescriptions for antidepressants are completely unfounded.

It is noteworthy that the more educated patients who could doubt the diagnosis, much less likely to receive antidepressants — here it smells like doctors or personal gain profits pharmaceutical corporations.

In addition, cross-checking found that the vast majority of cases correctly diagnosed depression patients received tablets, although very often you can do with just a psychiatrist.

It may seem strange, but real, not imaginary patients can not get help — Patients with severe forms of depression are waiting for real assistance to an average of 8 years.


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