An interesting article appeared on the BBC News website on March 25, interesting because it seems to promote the use of antidepressants over talking therapies. The author, Professor Richard Gray, of the University of East Anglia, writes:
Although it feels like heresy to suggest this I want to stand up for the very important role medication can play in the treatment of mental illness.
Antidepressants are very effective in treating moderate to severe depression, quickly alleviating distressing and disabling symptoms in about seven out of 10 patients.
Yes, pills can have side effects but so does CBT.
...When it comes to severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder I think it is even more important to stand up for medication which, I believe, should be viewed as the foundation for effective treatment.
The full article, which can be read HERE, ends with a disclaimer that cites Gray as someone who has given lectures on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.
In a 2009 a published paper by Gray entitled 'Treatments and Issues of Choice in Depression' once again showed his pro-antidepressant stance.
Gray writes that antidepressants are not addictive and adds that patients can suffer 'discontinuation symptoms'. Sound familiar folks?
The paper lists Gray's conflict of interests as receiving funding and/or fees from Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer.
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