So all the research over many decades into anti-depressants doesn't seem to give even the slightest clue as to which one might work? Yet, as has been said here so many times, they are dished out far more readily than thyroid hormones, especially liothyronine (T3).
Doesn't that mean that their prescribing is not evidence-based?
I so desperately wanted to comment to Dr Claire Gillan that I fervently hope that liothyronine will be included. Of course it won't, but we need to shout. And comments are not open on this article which rather puts a stop on that approach.
Online test aims to predict best antidepressants for individual patients
Researchers hope to improve current trial and error approach by devising algorithm based on a person’s cognitive characteristics
Researchers are developing an internet-based tool they hope will predict the effectiveness of antidepressants for individual patients, ending the current prescription lottery.
Patients with depression often try many different drugs before settling on one that works, but a study aims to help clinicians make an informed choice as to which is likely to work best for a particular person.
Dr Claire Gillan, at Trinity College Dublin, likened deciding which antidepressant to prescribe to a “flip of a coin” at present. But she hopes to create an algorithm that will take away the need for trial and error, potentially transforming treatment for millions of people.
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Not so happy with that approach, either, yet they're still pushed by medics as ignorant as endos!
As my son says, when one has only a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Psychaitrists & psychologists seem to have a very limited toolbox.
I like Dr Healy, especially his post on the Surrendered Doctor.
Hillwoman Every doctors surgery & hospital ward should have that on the wall, & be part of the hypocratic oath!
I'd love to see that.