Thursday, February 09, 2006

Returning Soon With More Punditry

Dear Readers:

I'm afraid I got swamped again with academic deadlines over the past couple weeks, but will be back with timely posts and lots of fresh material in the days ahead.

Thanks for your patience!


In the meantime, a challenge question . . .

What is the average length of time a patient on antidepressants actually stays on their meds? [Hint: The answer is published in the January issue of American Journal of Psychiatry]

5 comments:

ns said...

I'd guess about a month or two...

Cheryl Fuller, Ph.D. said...

Not as long as they would stay in therapy with a good therapist.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

No idea...less than 3 months?

Dan said...

Based on personal experience, I'll say six months - and even with an advanced SSRI, those withdrawal symptoms were a bitch!

Psych Pundit said...

ns - Exactly right. I'm impressed!

Deb - Also right on target (as usual).

Cheryl - I agree, a good therapist will do much better on the retention front, although it's still the case that the modal number of therapy sessions is one.

Dan - Great point about SSRI withdrawal. I should talk about that in the next post.