Does anyone know any UK sources for guidelines on the prescription duration of antidepressants?
I'm interested in the issue of where prescription durations are deliberately limited because of the risk of people taking an overdose.
Of course if people are actually misusing medications it's kind of understandable that doctors act to limit the risk.
But I'm interested in the more general level, of where perhaps doctors are routinely providing a worse service to patients with mental health problems "just in case" they are inclined to mess about with pills.
I have been refused a particular SSRI before, on the (nonsense) grounds that it was "too dangerous in overdose" for me, and this kind of thing just massively offends me. Firstly, it's not even a dangerous one that I was asking for, but secondly, even if it was, it's kind of my own risk anyway...
Doctor to patient: "Sorry, I can't give you that antidepressant-- you're depressed".