A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that some drug companies have been less than unbiased in publishing studies about depression and antidepressants. These drug companies have published most of the studies that show positive results for antidepressants and few of the ones that are negative.
To label a particular frame of mind and emotion as depression doesn't identify or deal with the problem. There are many causes for depression. Each should have its own treatment.
What is evident is that most patients do not find real relief from taking antidepressants. The thing most of them do get is one or more troubling side effects, such as fatigue, insomnia, cognitive problems, and weight gain.
Here is what researchers discovered. "After looking at 74 studies involving 12 drugs and over 12,000 people, they discovered that 37 of 38 trials with positive results were published, while only 14 of 36 negative studies were published. Those that showed negative results were, in the words of the researchers, 'published in a way that conveyed a positive outcome.' "