Why Antidepressants Do Not Work

These words of wisdom from Dr. David Perlmutter, MD tell us why antidepressants do not work.

The reason is quite simple: they treat the symptoms and not the cause..


“By 2005, antidepressants had become the #1 prescribed drug class in the country.

But these medications do not treat depression. Whether it’s Prozac, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Elavil, Lexapro, Wellburin, or any of the other commonly prescribed antidepressants, these medicines simply treat symptoms, and only minimally so… I am saddened by the fact that the billion-dollar psychotropic pharmaceutical industry is predicated on the idea that people will take a pill to treat symptoms, while the underlying disorder is ignored. So there’s never any real focus on actually curing or even improving the root cause of the illness, let alone getting people off the medication…

All of the antidepressant medications currently on the market are designed to artificially alter neurotransmitter activity in the brain. Yet, when we consider the fact that these same chemicals found in the brain are also produced in the gut, and that their availability to the brain is largely governed by the activity of gut bacteria, we are forced to realize that ground zero for all things mood-related is the gut.”

—David Perlmutter from Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life

When I had cancer in 1997, I was on Zoloft for a few weeks.

It didn’t treat my depression, but it did make me numb to any feelings at all.

What have you experienced on psychotropic drugs?

Books by David Perlmutter

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life

David Perlmutter

The bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny.

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