Lifelong Maintenance Treatment in Major Depression: Risk Vs. Benefits

Guy Goodwin, MD, University of Oxford, W.A. Handley Professor of Psychiatry, Oxford, U.K., discusses the perceived versus actual risks and benefits associated with long-term antidepressant use as a treatment for major depression, from the perspective of both the patient and the treating clinician. Dr. Goodwin discusses the superiority of long-term results that have been seen for lifelong antidepressant users in comparison to those who decline pharmaceutical treatment.