Wednesday, June 2, 2010


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans prefer drugs to talk therapy for depression, with nearly 80 percent taking a pill for the condition, Consumer Reports said on Tuesday. Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for treating both anxiety and depression, and talk therapy appears to work just as well as the medications; however, nearly 80% of survey respondents with depression or anxiety reported antidepressant use according to a new survey. The most popular class of drugs remains the so-called SSRIs such as Prozac, the group found. People found newer, pricier antidepressants less desirable because of side-effects. Patients benefited just as much from therapy - almost any kind of therapy, the consumer group found in its survey of 1,500 readers. Those surveyed said they improved just as much after seven or more sessions of talk therapy as if they took drugs and it did not matter if the therapist was a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker. Nearly 80 percent of people who had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety were prescribed antidepressants.

Patients were happiest with the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, a class that includes Eli Lilly and Co's (LLY.N) Prozac or its generic equivalent fluoxetine;, Pfizer Inc's (PFE.N) Zoloft or sertraline, and Celexa or citalopram and Lexapro o escitalopram from Forest Laboratories Inc (FRX.N). People complained of more side-effects from serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or SNRIs, a newer, often more expensive class of antidepressants. These include venlafaxine, made by Pfizer-owned (PFE.N) Wyeth under the Effexor brand name and Lilly's duloxetine, sold as Cymbalta. The new survey found a range of side-effects, but the most common one - loss of sexual interest or ability - was less common than in past surveys.

Mental health is highly complex. Some people respond well to antidepressants, others to talk therapy, but some don’t respond at all. For many people, depression is a constant battle and many times neither a good doctor nor medications seem to help. Why don't start trying to follow a spiritual practice, such as Mantra Meditation?

A Clinical Test of the Benefits of Mantra Chanting was performed on three groups of sixty-two subjects, males and females of average age 25. They chanted the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra twenty-five minutes each day under strict clinical supervision. Results showed that regular chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra reduces Stress and depression and helps reduce bad habits & addictions. These results formed a PhD Thesis at Florida State University. Spiritual practitioners claim many benefits from Mantra Meditation such as increased realization of spiritual wisdom, inner peace and a strong communion with God and the spiritual realm. These effects may be experienced by following the designated spiritual path.

Śrīpad Bhakti Bhāvana Vishnu Mahārāja :
“Vedic Sound and Mantras”
“Scientific Verification of Vedic Knowledge”

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