Antidepressants a 'dirty little habit', fear patients

Many patients with depression are refusing to take antidepressants because of the stigma that has built up around their use, Australian research suggests.

Moralising media stories that portray antidepressants as 'happy pills' for people who feel a bit down are causing many patients to feel shame about using them and think it is a sign of personal weakness, a study of more than 100 antidepressant users has revealed.

In-depth interviews with Australian and UK patients with depression found that many had preconceived ideas about antidepressants, often after being