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Why antidepressants are still the best treatment for depression


An extremely well written and thought-provoking article. You make a good point by saying that we can't really compare drug trials and psychotherapy trials fairly. Regarding NICE guidelines, it's important to remember that NICE don't just focus on the efficacy of treatment options, but also the cost-effectiveness. Presently, the guidelines state that antidepressants should not be used for mild depression, not because they would not work, but because research has shown that it is not good value for money to do so (£/QUALY).

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