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Letters Call to curb antidepressant use

Reversing the rate of antidepressant prescribing: a view from Poland

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 02 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q234
  1. Radosław Stupak, psychologist, lecturer
  1. University of the National Education Commission, Krakow, Poland
  1. radoslaw.stupak{at}

I am happy to see the letter calling for the UK government to reverse the rate of antidepressant prescribing.12 I hope the UK will spearhead the long overdue changes in mental health systems worldwide. A shift away from the reductionist medical model and towards socially conscious and responsible psychiatry seems necessary.

Unfortunately, what has been called “marketing based medicine”3 still seems to trump evidence based medicine, not only when it comes …

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