Antidepressants in counselling psychology: Relevance, effectiveness and implications for practice

Christopher F. Sharpley

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Abstract

With up to one-fifth of the population experiencing depression sometime during their lives, plus depression rivalling smoking in its association with mortality, the search for effective treatments is urgent and of direct relevance to the everyday practice of counselling psychology. However, the various waves of antidepressants developed in the past 40 years have shown significant side effects and only arguable specific efficacy over placebo, leading to suggestions of combining psychological and pharmacological therapies. This article briefly reviews the history of antidepressant drugs, their side effects and efficacy, some future directions and discusses the role of antidepressants within counselling psychology practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-156
Number of pages18
JournalCounselling Psychology Quarterly
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Antidepressive Agents
Counseling
Psychology
Depression
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Smoking
History
Placebos
Pharmacology
Mortality
Therapeutics
Population
Direction compound

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