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Arguing over antidepressents

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7083.0 (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

Antidepressants are long established, widely used, extensively researched, and poorly understood. We have had one of our largest postbags in response to an editorial that argued “watchful waiting for minor depression, full dose treatment for major depression” (5 October, p 829). Poppycock, say some of our correspondents.

Correspondents disagree over whether non-drug treatments are helpful for mild depression. “Options desired by patients such as counselling seem to be ineffective,” says David Gill (p 826). But Robert Tan says that “An attentive ear is often more effective than drugs” …

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