Newsmaker: Rothschild dispels antidepressant myths

Psychiatric News features APA annual meeting highlights

June 04, 2013

In a special issue rounding up highlights from the recent annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA),Psychiatric News featured UMass Medical School depression expert Anthony Rothschild, MD. Dr. Rothschild, theIrving S. and Betty Brudnick Chair in Psychiatry and professor of psychiatry, led a workshop focused on debunking common myths surrounding antidepressants.

Antidepressants “really work” and do not “cause suicide,” said Rothschild. He referred clinicians to his most recent book, The Evidence-based Guide to Antidepressant Medications, for further details on the benefits and risks of antidepressants, including guidelines for prescribing to special populations such as children and adolescents, geriatric patients, and pregnant and lactating women.

Read the full story, “Expert Sets Record Straight on Antidepressant Myths,” in the May 18 issue of Psychiatric News.

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