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The drugs do work

The war on antidepressants is scientifically unsound. It is hurting the most vulnerable in society

As a psychiatrist I have prescribed every type of antidepressant in every possible way. I have prescribed them before psychological therapy, so that people would feel well enough to start; and after, because therapy alone was not enough. I have supported patients through the first weeks of treatment, through the process – sometimes the struggle – to find the right dose or the right drugs, and through the process of stopping, once they are well enough.

What I have learned in my almost 30 years as a practitioner is that no two people take antidepressants in the same way, even when following the recommendations given to them. As with all medications, they don’t work for everybody and when they do, they work with different efficacy and different adverse effects. But they do very often work.

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