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Dr. Michael D. Banov

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Here is today’s question: What is the most commonly prescribed class of medicine in this country? I will give you a hint…since 2005 over 190 million prescriptions a year have been written for them? If you do not know, I am talking about anti-depressants. But what do we really know about them, as patients. Are they safe? Do they work? Are they addictive? What are the side effects? Do I really need to be taking them? The book we will be discussing today will cover all of this information. The book is a neutral book, meaning we are not knocking anti-depressants. We are not going to tell you they are evil. Our guest today wants to explain what they are, how they work and how they affect our lives and bodies. The book we will be discussing is called “Taking Antidepressants: Your Comprehensive Guide to Starting, Staying On, and Safely Quitting.” Our guest today has conducted more than 100 clinical research studies, is a triple board-certified adult, adolescent, and addiction psychiatrist and is the medical director of Northwest Behavioral Medicine and Northwest Behavioral Research Center in Atlanta, GA. Plus he still sees patients which will give us a very unique look at depression. It is our pleasure to welcome to Your Life Matters Dr. Michael D. Banov.

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