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The tide of prescribing for depression is turning

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1450
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner (
  1. Glasgow G20 9DR

    EDITOR—Hollinghurst et al report that opportunity costs indicate that the development of psychological therapies is a feasible alternative to antidepressants for depression.1 A change in practice is long overdue.

    I did as I was taught. I used a depression rating score and diagnosed depression. This often meant using my position of authority and knowledge to convince patients that they had an …

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