New Zealand Asks: “How is Your Antidepressant Working For You?”

Kermit Cole
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Researchers at Auckland University have launched a study that “positions the people who are prescribed antidepressants as the experts” and which aims at asking 1000 New Zealanders “about all the different experiences that people might have had with antidepressant medications. We would like to know about what symptom relief people experienced as well as any side effects they had. We are also keen to know more about their views on what causes depression and how helpful they believe antidepressants are in addressing these.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

6 COMMENTS

  1. “Our approach positions the people who are prescribed antidepressants as the experts,” says Ms Gibson

    Really Ms Gibson?

    I have to wonder if these people were considered experts when they first call the agency? When they completed their assessment? When the pros and cons of psychiatric medications over alternatives was explained..were they experts then too Ms Gibson? Certainly they were the experts when they decided they didn’t want to take the medications too right? Oh, they probably didn’t get counted in this study. Where was their expertise when it was explained thay by taking these drugs they would lose their sex drive, gain 60 lbs and have a strong desire to strangle their neighbor? Maybe if I re-read the piece…

      • Now A, in deference to you I purposely did not say the drug would cause strangulation just a desire to. Big difference. I think you’ve agreed in other posts that drugs at least can influence the behaviors we make. Your objection was with causation. The notion that once we take a pill all free will departs and we are like robots, slaves to the drugs coursing through our bodies. I’m still seriously considering your position on that.

        • http://neuroskeptic.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/ssris-and-suicide.html

          A conclusion cannot be made.

          A drug might exacerbate existing propensities for certain thoughts.

          A desire to go on a cruise ship to Spain, is a desire too.

          My largest concern, is that the proponents of SSRI blamed suicide, are on a giant flight from personal responsibility, and still believe in a ‘safer’ ‘medicine’ being ‘developed’. Which by extension, one can conclude they believe despair is a brain disease. The largest and most prominent SSRI blamer on this site, also strongly believes in electroshock.

          I believe ‘drug safety’, is a waste of time and a distraction for a world that quickly needs to realize human problems in human lives are not medical problems at all.

          • Yep. I know your position on drugs causing behavior has met with quite a bit of resistence on this site and like I said, I’m still trying to educate myself on the different views. I agree with you that problems of life/living are not best thought of as medical problems requiring medical interventions. I agree as well that personal responsibility exists and must be considered in any discussion around the impact/influence of drugs on our thoughts, behaviors, etc.

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