Antidepressants and Online Misinformation


From¬†Psychology Today:¬†“Leading researchers Maryanne Demasi (Nordic Cochrane Centre, Copenhagen) and Peter C. G√łtzsche (Institute for Scientific Freedom, Copenhagen) applied a checklist of 14 predefined criteria to prominent websites from 10 different countries in which antidepressants are widely prescribed. They developed a cross-sectional study of the presented benefits and harms on websites based in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

They found a pattern both consistent and global, especially concerning antidepressant withdrawal, suicidality, and sexual and other side effects. Due in part to drug company sponsorship and related commercial pressures, the websites’ listing¬†of the benefits and harms of antidepressants was found repeatedly to ‘conflict with the scientific evidence.'”