Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Do Antidepressants Do More Harm than Good?
A recent narrative review article, that seems to have attracted a lot of media attention, has recently made the claim that antidepressants may do more harm than good. While dialogue about the safety and value of medications is good, it is important to remember that this kind of review is not to be confused with an actual weighing of risks and benefits. Appropriate methods exist for the latter - and these methods were not adopted by these authors. Not all bloggers have fully appreciated this, and at least one blog referred to this paper as a meta-analysis (the authors merely refer to a meta-analysis of animal studies as well as several other previously published human meta-analyses in the review). A critique of the review has been offered by Sareen and Enns.