The following correspondence was published in the Psychiatric Bulletin in the early years of the Defeat Depression Campaign. This correspondence highlights concerns that this educational campaign was based on a flimsy assessment of a highly complex subject. The risk here is that any over-simplified analysis will result in an over-simplified intervention. For example the “reassurance” that antidepressants had no risk of causing dependence was simple but lacked robust supporting evidence.
In the same journal, Vol 18 of the Psychiatric Bulletin, Professor R. G Priest had this robust reply published on behalf of the Defeat Depression Campaign: