This is a step in the right direction!
Anti-depressants have their place in the toolbox, but you wouldn’t just give painkiller to someone with a broken leg and up the dosage when the pain gets too bad, would you? Unfortunately, that’s what happens too often with depression and anxiety. So it’s good to see a change in the recommendations.
The next step would be for Nice to also offer hypnotherapy in the NHS as it is very effective. Yes, I’m biased but don’t take my word for it. The British Medical Association, in a report back in 1955, stated:
“The Subcommittee is satisfied after consideration of the available evidence that hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases of so-called psycho-somatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognised motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behaviour.”
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Source: BBC article “NHS could give therapy before anti-depressants, under new guidelines”