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TOO MANY ANTIDEPRESSANTS?

ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE BEING PRESCRIBED MORE AND MORE OFTEN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Got an ache or a pain? How about taking an antidepressant? That's the implication of a Johns Hopkins study led by Ramin Mojtabai, a psychiatrist and mental health researcher at Johns Hopkins.

MOJTABAI: What we found was that there was an increase in prescription of antidepressants in general medical settings, which includes primary care and other medical settings. And increase was mostly concentrated in patients who did not have a psychiatric diagnosis recorded. :16

Four out of five antidepressant prescriptions were written by medical specialists other than psychiatrists. Mojtabai speculates that patients may be asking for antidepressants when they seek medical care.

MOJTABAI: We believe that they help with a range of problems, including relationship problems, stress at work, and other minor distressing feelings. And the doctors might also be more willing to prescribe these medications than they were. :15

Mojtabai says there's no question antidepressants help when indicated, but is concerned about this growing use where no psychiatric diagnosis has been made. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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