What patients say about taking antidepressants

Patients with depression often try multiple antidepressants in a trial and error approach to find one that works.

This is one of the findings from the Australian Genetics of Depression Study, which includes a survey of 13,000 people with clinical depression.

Here are points from the results:

  • More than one in 10 (14%) have used five or more antidepressants during the cycle of their depression. A further 10% have used four, 16% have used three, 24% have used two and 33% have used one.
  • More than three-quarters (76%) of patients had some medication-related side

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