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Why antidepressants are still the best treatment for depression


Very interesting perspective, however even NICE guidance suggests that in mild depression antidepressants are not effective and promote healthy living strategies with or without talking therapies as first-line treatment. Now this might be because people have to be really quite severely depressed to respond to an antidepressant. I think it is a little disingenuous to state that antidepressants start working within 4 hours as suggested by references 16 and 17. They do not start working; they start affecting neuroreceptor modulation. These two studies also took place in healthy volunteers so the effect in people with depression cannot be translated from these results. What we do know is that there are risks associated with talking therapies and with medication and the individual needs to be fully informed on both sides of the choice before they can make an informed choice. Denise Taylor

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15 JUL 2016

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