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(Natural News) A complaint of depression to your general practitioner would likely result in you getting a prescription for an antidepressant. This doesn’t take into consideration the fact that there has been evidence that showed that around 30 to 40 percent of people with depression also had increased levels of inflammation in their brains, which inhibited the effectiveness of the mood-improving pills.
King’s College London professor of biological psychiatry Carmine Pariante presented evidence last year that measured the levels of two markers for inflammation in the blood. The review was made to determine if a depressed patient would be helped by standard antidepressants. These are also known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs); with the most common being Prozac.
“We found that above a certain level of inflammation, there was not going to be any benefit. Half of all patients with depression fail to find an effective drug with their first prescription, and a third don’t benefit from any of them,” Pariante said. (Related: Depression has more than one cause.)