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Questions regarding the efficacy of antidepressant drugs have been a recent focus of attention in the national news both in print and in the television media. Many clients will have questions regarding what they can believe and how they can address mood problems. Social workers constitute a greater percentage of the mental health work force than any other profession. Thus, social workers will probably be asked by clients about these issues. This article presents information on the efficacy of antidepressants for both the short and long term. It covers adverse effects and withdrawal symptoms. Clients' self-determination should be honored. However, social workers can be of assistance in supplying facts relevant to decision making.


This article was published in Social Work in Mental Health, copyright 2012 Taylor and Francis.

The author's post-print (post peer-reviewed) manuscript is posted here with the permission of the author and publisher.