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ADs and SSRIs dont really work for most people, with the possible statistical significance in studies for the very severely clinically depressed population. These meds often cause significant side-effects and/or significant withdrawal effects. Many patients get well because they would get better anyway. GPs hand these meds out too easily, dont really know how the drugs work, or do proper mental health assessments or follow-ups on patients. These meds should only be prescribed by psychiatrists. Other therapies should be more readily available, and because they are not, its easier to give some pills. I know there are some success stories, but there are also many many who are made worse or become dependent or incapacitated by drugs prescribed for depression. The science says these meds are no better than placebo for even moderate depression. If they are to be used, I think it should be done by psychiatrists, not busy general medics.
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