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Robert Whitaker reviews the evidence on antidepressants

Robert Whitaker has written a critical review of the antidepressant literature for the Mad in America website.

The review has three parts.

  • “The evidence for the efficacy of antidepressants over the short term in RCTs, which is the evidence that psychiatry relies on to claim that the drugs “work.”
  • The evidence for the effectiveness of antidepressants over the short term in “real-world” patients.
  • The evidence regarding their long-term effectiveness in real-world patients.

This broader review of the research literature does then lead to a dichotomous question for society. Do antidepressants, as they are being prescribed now, “work” for society? Do they produce a public health benefit?”

Read the full article Do Antidepressants Work: A People’s Review of the Evidence here.