Treating Depression Alternatively: BC Docs Use new treatments for depression

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-doctors-learn-new-treatments-for-mood-disorders/article1492091/

Treating Depression

B.C. doctors learn new treatments for mood disorders

David Floody is a retired schoolteacher and now writer based in Tofino, B.C., where he uses a mental health training program and activities like running to battle effects of depression and seasonal affective disorder.David Floody is a retired schoolteacher and now writer based in Tofino, B.C., where he uses a mental health training program and activities like running to battle effects of depression and seasonal affective disorder. GEOFF HOWE FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Program trains GPs to use coaching, self-help; Backers of innovative B.C. program hope it will lead to a revolution across Canada

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: NICE Warns Against Various Antidepressant Uses: UK

First sentence reads: “GPs should not prescribe antidepressants routinely for long periods, or to treat mild depression, NICE has warned.”

http://www.healthcarerepublic.com/news/948602/NICE-warns-GPs-antidepressant-use/

Sanjay Tanday, healthcarerepublic.com,
28 October 2009, 00:15am
GPs should not prescribe antidepressants routinely for long periods, or to treat mild depression, NICE [National Institute for Clinical Excellence] has warned.

BMJ research reveals an increase in long-term antidepressant use across the UK

Updated guidance published this week says GPs should only consider the drugs for patients with moderate or severe depression, or those suffering sub-threshold depressive symptoms for at least two years.

The latest guidance comes as research in the BMJ reveals an increase in long-term antidepressant use across the UK.

The researchers assessed all cases of depression from 1993 to 2005 across 170 surgeries, covering 1.7 million patients.

They found that prescriptions per patient rose from 2.8 in 1993 to 5.6 in 2004, despite a drop in the number of patients diagnosed with depression.

The researchers said the rise may be due to more patients taking antidepressants on a long-term basis.

* Read the full version of this story in this week’s edition of GP dated 30 October

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