Dr Oz: Misdiagnosing Depression
Dr. Oz sat down with Dr. Drew Pinsky to reveal the truth about antidepressants! They discussed the potential risks involved, including making a person feel worse and causing suicidal thoughts.
Dr Drew Pinsky: Only Use Medication When the Risks Are Warranted
Would you believe up to 75% of women taking antidepressants are not taking them for depression? It is something called off-label use and is completely legal, but is it right? Dr. Drew Pinsky, an addiction specialist, says regardless of accusations he does not push medications onto patients. He told Dr. Oz his father was a family practitioner who drilled his philosophy into Dr. Drew’s head that you only consider medication when the risks are warranted and that is how Dr. Drew personally treats his own patients. Dr. Drew believes medication is more apt to cause problems, so he’s very cautious when he prescribes them, especially to patients with depression. He says everyone needs to share in the blame of the overprescribing of antidepressants, including pharmaceutical companies, patients and doctors. Dr. Drew believes doctors need to be allowed to do their job and properly diagnose a patient before handing them a prescription.