Stephen Lawrie, Head of the Division of Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuro-Imaging, Director of PsySTAR at University of Edinburgh, has a very controversial opinion, and I’m interested to see what you Disinfonauts think. Is this just another case of a doctor in Big Pharma’s pockets? Or could he be onto something?
via The Conversation:
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There is a persistent media hype surrounding the notion that the prescription of antidepressants is “at record levels”, and “on the rise”. Yet numerous studies have shown that most people with depression do not get any treatment. How can both be true? This is the controversy I will be exploring at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas – part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – on August 8, 2014.
To approach this question, we must begin by understanding what depression is. We need to appreciate how common, disabling, and yet stigmatised it can be.