Year: 1999 Source: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, v.187, no.3, (March 1999), p.174-180 SIEC No: 19990040

Depression was infrequently diagnosed before the advent of antidepressants but has now apparently become a major public health problem. National campaigns aim at increasing recognition of the condition & at commencing treatment. Implicit in these approaches is the premise that treatment will necessarily reduce disability & ultimately lower suicide rates. Healy argues that these results are by no means certain. He states that injudicious & unmonitored treatment may in fact increase suicide risk.