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Ms Susan Kirkpatrick, Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford

Depression medicines are not ‘happy pills’ or ‘a quick fix’ people who use antidepressants have said in a series of frank, heartfelt video interviews.

The videos form part of a piece of research by the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences Health Experiences Research Group, Oxford University, and the University of Nottingham that has been made into an information resource for the public.  These resources have been published on Healthtalkonline.orga charity website that provides information about health issues in the form of real stories shared in video, audio and written form.

Susan Kirkpatrick, who conducted the research said "The increase in prescriptions for antidepressants is always a hot topic in the news, there are so many conflicting views, ideas and opinions about them that it can be difficult for people who are contemplating taking them to know what to think.  It's fantastic to see video material from the new study taking a prominent place in the Guardian feature on antidepressants, and hopefully the story will encourage people to check out the new section of the website for themselves".  

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The increase in prescriptions for antidepressants is always a hot topic in the news, there are so many conflicting views, ideas and opinions about them that it can be difficult for people who are contemplating taking them to know what to think.  
- Susan Kirkpatrick, Researcher, Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford