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Treatment resistant depression: what are the options?

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 18 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5354

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Re: Treatment resistant depression: what are the options?

Dr Ed White makes some very pertinent points in his response.

We are hearing that patients are experiencing just exactly what this BMJ News piece - and Dr Ed White - describes.

Perhaps the problem is with the antidepressants - not working and/or making people more ill and developing further troublesome symptoms 'needing' other medications. And perhaps the experts are not taking any notice of the growing clamour from the voices of patient experience? The advice that the professional 'experts' are offering to GPs (and summarised in this BMJ news article) does seem to be a recipe for lifetime illness and polypharmacy. Surely this goes against all common sense?

A very important patient-led event - raising awareness of these very issues - took place at the Wales Senedd on Tuesday 11 December. Full details of this have now been published here:

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 December 2018
Marion Brown
Psychotherapist and Mediator (retired)