Antidepressants barely better than placebos

2019-03-02 06:15:03

IT’S time to bin antidepressants. They are no better than placebos and prevent people tackling the underlying causes of their depression. At least that’s the conclusion of the latest review of the evidence. “People prescribed antidepressants are always going to think they can’t deal with problems themselves,” says Joanna Moncrieff of University College London. “We’re prescribing more antidepressants, but there’s no evidence they make people less depressed. We’re not stopping or reducing suicides, and nor are people increasingly getting back to work.” In the British Medical Journal (vol 331, p 155),