Depression affects around 2.6% pf people in the UK. However, the exact number is hard to estimate because many people do not get help, or are not formally diagnosed with the condition. When sadness and other symptoms of depression are intense and last for long periods of time, they can signal clinical depression or major depression, a serious medical illness that needs professional care.
A re-analysis of old data shows that paroxetine, a commonly prescribed antidepressant, is no more effective than a sugar pill, according to a new study published in The BMJ. In fact, it is actively harmful.
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