Views & Reviews Soundings

Not sick, just low

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39223.471296.59 (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1116
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    Every time I open the bathroom cabinet the unopened packet of St John's wort stares out at me. Why don't I throw it out? Why did I decide not to take this herbal antidepressant? Was it the feeling of weakness that someone like me, a control freak, could get so low? I am willing to admit to a sustained period of unhappiness that by any biased and highly leading depression questionnaire would have me rated as “clinically” depressed. I am not alone: in the United Kingdom last year some 31 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written, a …

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