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If you’re suffering from mild depression, you may want to reconsider taking antidepressant medication. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals antidepressants may not have much effect on people suffering from less severe forms of depression, according to

"What we found is that patients who are on the lower end of the severity, even on the sort of middle range of severity, the medications weren’t doing much more than the placebo was,” said Dr. Robert Derubeis of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mild depression (the medical term is Dysthymic disorder) affects approximately 1.5 percent of the U.S. population ages 18 and older, according to This translates into roughly 3.3 million American adults dealing with a mild form of depression.

Think about that – potentially 3.3 million Americans might be taking antidepressants with little, to no benefit from the drugs. This is a major issue considering antidepressants can carry serious negative side effects turning those prescription drugs into highly dangerous drugs that do more harm than good.

For example, here are some of the most common side effects of antidepressants

  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Problems sleeping and/or drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Sexual problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Weight changes
  • Abdominal pain

And those are just the common side effects. More extreme side effects may include trouble breathing, heart palpitations, and a dramatic shift in body temperature (yikes!).

I would recommend doing as much research as possible into another form of treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with mild depression. If further studies substantiate the data from the JAMA study, then taking antidepressants littered with side effects may not be worth the potential pain and suffering.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (NC-VA law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard, Virginia Beach Injuryboard, and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.

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  1. Gravatar for Sharon McEachern
    Sharon McEachern

    You missed some of the big side-effects of antidepressants including: suicidal thoughts, birth defects and a life-threatening neurological disorder. Antidepressant drugs can impair male fertility, female libido and interfere with a breast cancer drug.

    In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began requiring a black box, the most serious type of warning for prescription drugs, to be added to labeling of ALL antidepressants, according to an excellent post on antidepressants and recent research on Ethic Soup blog at:

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