Dawdy points to a particular doctor as a voice of reason in the debate over antidepressants. Here's the excerpt from Reuters:
Dr. Eric Caine of the University of Rochester in New York said he was concerned by the findings. "Antidepressants are only moderately effective on population level," he said in a telephone interview.Moderate effectiveness isn't the same as scant effectiveness or ineffectiveness, and it's well known that drug use alone isn't nearly as helpful as medication combined with therapy (which is what I'm doing). Finally, a lack of data doesn't prove or disprove the population's increased health, and who can say why more middle-aged people are committing suicide? Dawdy notes that it's nice to see his opinions echoed by a professional, but I find Dr. Caine's points pretty unconvincing.
Caine, who was not involved in the research, noted that several studies show therapy is as effective as, if not more effective than, drug use alone.
"There are no data to say that the population is healthier. Indeed, the suicide rate in the middle years of life has been climbing," he said.