Letters Medicalising unhappiness

Evidence suggests massive overdiagnosis and, by extrapolation, overprescription of antidepressants

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1436 (Published 12 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1436
  1. Richard Braithwaite, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Isle of Wight NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TG, UK
  1. richard.braithwaite{at}iow.nhs.uk

Reid and colleagues dismiss Godlee’s claims of antidepressant overuse,1 2 yet the evidence they quote does not support their view.

Rather, Mitchell and colleagues’ meta-analysis showed that, for every 10 patients …

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