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Measuring how Effective Treatments are for Depression


Monday, September 22nd, 2008 Measuring how Effective Treatments are for Depression

The facts:

33% of all sick days taken in the UK are caused by depression and anxiety.

£9 million a year is the cost of depression to the UK in treatment, benefits and lost revenue.

In a new paper submitted by Hull University, researchers have concluded that the commonly used antidepressant drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) provide little benefit for most people with mild and moderate depression. Last year a record 16 million prescriptions were issued in Britain, a 10 per cent rise on the year before. Researchers studied 47 separate clinical trials, published and unpublished, and say that for some patients, these Prozac-type drugs are no more effective than a placebo sugar pill.

It could be argued that these drugs are deemed useless.

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