Consider behavioural activation and avoid prescribing antidepressants at the first visit

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Consider behavioural activation and avoid prescribing antidepressants at the first visit

Bruce Arroll

Bruce Arroll

Pills, medications, tablets
Antidepressants work best for patients with very severe, persisting depression

MENTAL HEALTH

Professor of general practice Bruce Arroll shares a case study to help illustrate the latest views on depression, anxiety, antidepressants and behavioural activation

Key points, Take care when labelling patients with depression or anxiety – better options include low mood or distress with reduced motivation; worried thinking o