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...
About a decade ago, a nurse I know tried to start an adult day care center in my town. I thought it sounded like a good idea, though I wasn't sure there was a market for it. I'd contracted some in-home care for my uncle and mother-in-law, and enough nursing home care for several family members- but adult day care was a new concept for me. My friend's efforts with the day care failed, perhaps because, like me, no one was familiar with the idea. When I asked her about it afterwards she said she was "ahead of her time." She now owns a franchised in-home care business. News.inquirer.com recently ran an in depth article titled "Adult day- care booming." One of the day cares they interviewed referred to themselves as "a best-kept secret." I think that secret is now out. Several nursing homes in my area have started adult day care services. Several of them also have child day care centers which allows fo...
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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