Following last week’s BBC Panorama on the dangers of anti-depressants Clinical Psychologist Angela Gilchrist suggests we urgently need more balanced coverage.


What do anti-depressants do to help you? And can they do harm? These were the questions I thought might be addressed in the BBC’s Panorama programme last week. Informative and balanced coverage of mental health issues is desperately lacking in the media and I was ready for anything that might properly inform the debate. Really though, the lurid title, ‘A Prescription for Murder’, should have tipped me off that this might be one of the less helpful contributions to the public’s knowledge of psychiatric medication. The impression left was that drugs do all sorts of harm and any potential benefit is nonexistent.