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Rapid response to:

Head To Head

Are antidepressants overprescribed? Yes

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 22 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f191

Rapid Response:

Re: Are antidepressants overprescribed? Yes

In his rapid response, Adrian Preda blames the media for distorting findings and misleading patients about antidepressant effectiveness. I think it is clear that Irving Kirsch is making the case that antidepressants are amplified placebos.[1] Preda doesn't really deal with this issue. See

[1] Kirsch I. The Emperor's new drugs: Exploding the antidepressant myth. Bodley Head. 2009

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 January 2013
D B Double
Consultant Psychiatrist
Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Victoria House, 28 Alexandra Road, Lowestoft NR32 1PL