Americans choose drugs for depression

Nearly 80 per cent take a pill for the condition: survey


According to a new survey from Consumer Reports, Americans prefer drugs to talk therapy for the treatment of depression; almost 80 per cent take a pill like Prozac. Even so, the survey of 1,500 showed that patients benefited just as much from therapy, improving just as much after seven or more sessions of talk therapy than if they took drugs. It didn’t matter if the therapist was a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker. The most common side effects of medical treatment, loss of sexual interest or ability, was less common than in past surveys, Reuters reports.


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