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Antidepressant withdrawal. . . five minutes with John Read

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 06 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m510
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

John Read, professor of clinical psychology at the University of East London, talks about why he is launching a GP survey on antidepressant withdrawal

“We are launching this survey to assess GPs’ knowledge in relation to withdrawal from antidepressants. It’s in response to the recommendations from Public Health England’s prescribed medicines review.1 This looked at antidepressant prescribing and called for enhanced clinical guidance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has now updated its guidelines,2 which previously stated that withdrawal symptoms are usually mild and …

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