AirTalk for January 7, 2010

Efficacy of depression drugs questioned

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A bottle of antidepressant pills named Effexor

In the United States, roughly 11 percent of women and 5 percent of men take some form of anti-depressant medication. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that, except in cases of severe depression, drugs are no more helpful than talk therapy or placebos. Are we overmedicating for depression? If so, what are the alternatives?

Guest:

Robert DeRubeis, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences


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