Antidepressants: To prescribe or not prescribe? That is the question

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Antidepressants: To prescribe or not prescribe? That is the question

David Codyre

David Codyre

Man ponders waves
The first patient was made redundant just prior to his symptoms of depression

Two patient examples illustrate the different management approaches required for depression of the same severity, presenting in men of the same age on the same day

 Pharmac data show prescriptions for antidepressants have climbed 62.5 per cent in nine years During a busy Friday morning clinic, you see t
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4. Arroll B, Moir F, Kendrick T. Effective management of depression in primary care: a review of the literature. BJGP Open 27 Jun 2017