Antidepressants work, so why do we shame people for taking them?

Patient with Prozac in a blister pack

Aguments against depression medication always hinge on the way that somehow, somewhere, someone in the journey from laboratory to blister pack is being duped.’ Photograph: Don McPhee for the Guardian.

A new mega-analysis has found in favour of SSRIs. Time to give people who take them a break. ritish society just cannot get comfortable with the reality of medication for depression. Despite widespread use, they still attract disapproval. New research appears to strike a decisive blow against widely publicised claims that antidepressant medications such as Prozac, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) are no better than sugar pills for people with depression. Elias Eriksson, professor of pharmacology at the University of Gothenburg and one of the authors of the new paper, said: “I think, once and for all, we’ve answered the SSRI question. SSRIs work. They may not work for every patient, but they work for most patients. And it’s a pity if their use is discouraged because of newspaper reports.” Read more at

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