Antidepressant drugs don't work – official study
They are among the biggest-selling drugs of all
time, the "happiness
pills" that supposedly lift the moods of those who suffer depression
and are taken by millions of people in the UK every year.
But one of the largest studies of modern
antidepressant drugs has
found that they have no clinically significant effect. In other words,
they don't work.
The treatments that do work
* Exercise: Helps
some people with depression. Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, said running helped him cope with depression.
* Friends: Talking through your feelings can
help in mild depression with a friend or relative or in a self-help
* Cognitive behavioural therapy: Teaches you
to challenge negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness.
* Interpersonal therapy: Focuses on
relationships and problems such as difficulties with communication.
* Counselling: Helps you think about the
problems in your life and find new ways of dealing with them.
* Antidepressants: Increasingly seen as a
second-line treatment, if exercise or talking treatments do not work.