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Mood News by Lois B. Morris
Depression Rx People who ask their doctors for antidepressants get better evaluations for mood disorders than people who simply report symptoms of depression. A study revealed that when patients requested antidepressants, primary-care doctors screened them more thoroughly for depression (asking more often about suicidal thoughts, for example). Overall, 98 percent of seemingly depressed patients who requested "an antidepressant" and 90 percent who asked for one by brand received what the researchers believed to be a baseline of acceptable care (any combination
of medication, mental-health referral,