Dutch College of GPs Recommends Against Antidepressants


The Dutch College of General Practitioners has issued guidelines recommending non-pharmacological treatment of depressive symptoms as a “first step.” The chairman of the Dutch Association for Independent Psychologists and Psychotherapists notes that patients have been prescribed antidepressants “too often, too quickly, and for too long without them really doing much good,” and hopes for a substantial drop in consumption.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].