Sceptics, such as Healy (, point out the close links between the pharmaceutical industry and the psychiatric academic establishment, as seen, for example, in industry-sponsored 'public awareness' initiatives such as the Defeat Depression campaign ( defeat/index.htm).

This debate seems likely to run and run. Meanwhile, the NICE guidelines, perhaps for present purposes, offer( a reasonable summary of figures on frequency of depression in the UK: 'The estimated point prevalence for major depression among 16- to 65-year-olds in the UK is 21/1000 (males 17, females 25), but, if the less specific and broader category of "mixed depression & anxiety" (F41.2, ICD-10, WHO, 1992) was included, these figures rise dramatically to 98/1000 (males 71, females 124).'

Anxiety and Depression 101

Anxiety and Depression 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about. We have been discussing depression and anxiety and how different information that is out on the market only seems to target one particular cure for these two common conditions that seem to walk hand in hand.

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