I wouldn’t dispute the value of exercise and other methods to treat depression. However, prozac is used to treat a spectrum of conditions, including anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms, and it seems to have helped folks I am familiar with. To a person who really is suffering from debilitating anxiety, etc., it seems to make quite a difference.
Also agree many medications are over prescribed, but that doesn’t mean these medicines are worthless. They seem to be talking about the average person who can benefit from a jog as much as medication. Not everyone falls in that category.
But they work better than placebos in only 14% of cases. In other words, 86% got better because they thought pills were working!
86% percent got better on sugar pills!
I have also seen several of these drugs help people with anxiety to the point that they take a non-functioning person and make him/her productive. Their lives are greatly improved. The assertion that execise could replace these drugs is naive and simplistic for people who do actually suffer from a valid medical condition.
I pretty much agree with every word in your post.
The Field of reasearch into Medical Marijuana is just beginning.