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Some years ago, I was making videos for an organization with a huge campaign about end-of-life care (palliation, hospice, Living Wills, etc.) They made a large contribution to the field by getting a Los Angeles film professional to serve as liaison with the television and motion picture industry. This man made certain that producers knew to come to him to get correct information about end-of-life care. When AJ Soprano revealed his battle with depression on television, I wasn’t there to watch, but I applaud the notion that we’re no longer afraid to show mental illness on TV, and that – occasionally – whether through advisory groups or other media, we can get it “right.” If Soprano takes his Lexapro, and Joe and Jane Doe take their Prozac or other anti-depressants, we may have a chance to both educate the public and help palliate depression. On a related note, those who were watching HOUSE on Fox Network last night would have noticed that they seemed to have been working in tandem with T...
Several new medications for the treatment of depression have been introduced over the last 20 years. What has been missing is any consistent data about the effectiveness of these "second-generation" antidepressants.
A team of researchers have now reviewed 117 controlled trials to compare second-generation antidepressants for the acute treatment of unipolar major depressive disorder in adults. The medications were reviewed for efficacy (effectiveness), patient acceptability, and cost.
Researchers reviewed 117 controlled trials of second-generation antidepressants.
These trials had a total of 25,928 participants.
The antidepressants compared were:
Medications were judged by the proportion of patien...
Forget Prozac. It’s old hat. The drug of choice in AJ Soprano’s medicine cabinet is Lexapro . Yes, that Soprano—Tony’s son. Even a mob family gets the blues. On last Sunday’s Walk Like a Man episode of HBO’s comedy, Carmella and Tony took their son right away to an experienced psychiatrist who peppered him with astute questions and determined which anti-depressant to prescribe. My one concern is that an unethical drug company could make a grab for TV producers or writers and try to “insert” their drug into the plot. Other than that, I cheer on any pop medium that handles the topic of mental health in a relevant, honest and accurate way. At the same time, I’d rather not see cartoon characters that go through the motions of having a mental illness. I want to see on-screen, human beings making the tough choices that people who have psychiatric conditions make in real life, dealing with “our” issues in sensitive and enlightening ways that reduce the sti...
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