Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Bad medicine: depression

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 07 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1920
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    A fundamental question for society is: while we have become richer and healthier, why have we become unhappier? Self reported depression has risen steadily, and a leading charity claims that one in 10 of us is currently depressed and that the lifetime risk is one in four. Such figures have been splashed across the media, and depression is presented as a particular problem in young people, with a rising rate of self harm in this group. Medical pundits still claim that depression is underdiagnosed and undertreated. We have a …

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