Books replace antidepressants in pilot scheme

A lecturer at Plymouth University has set up a pilot scheme for treating those with mild to moderate depression that does not involve antidepressants. Patients on the scheme will be prescribed with a self-help book from the local library instead of mood regulating drugs.

Paul Farrand, lecturer in health psychology, argues that an actual prescription for a book will encourage the patient to obtain and read the book. The most obvious advantage of this scheme is that it allows the patient to take control of their future. In psychological research it is the control factor that is often closely associated with changes in behaviour.

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Published: 9 December 2004

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