Polarised public debate about anti-depressants deeply unhelpful
Mental illness is common. One in four people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in life. In Ireland, there are around five hundred suicides a year, mostly male.
This new study from the West of Ireland is an important one for Irish mental health services.
Depression is a common, disabling condition. Up to 10pc of women and 5pc of men may be affected in a given month. Despite these clear, widespread problems, there is continual debate about the diagnosis of "depression" and the idea that various psychiatric diagnoses simply "medicalise" the normal ups and downs of life. There is truth in some of these criticisms.