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The drugs don’t work

A new assault by a leading psychologist on Prozac-style antidepressants claims they are worse than useless. Try telling that to the many people who believe they are life-saving

By John Cornwell   163

I once saw my friend Stuart banging his head on the floor, weeping, threatening to kill himself. He was severely depressed, incapable of working, sleeping or eating. Yet within three weeks of being prescribed a course of a Prozac-type antidepressant drug, he was beginning to cope again and was back at work. As he got better he made this shocking remark: “If I was offered a choice between cancer and depression, I’d take the cancer.”

Stuart swears by his antidepressant medication, which he took for two years. “It saved my life,” he says. But the effectiveness of such drugs, known…

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