September 28, 2021

Mental health care professionals, who are often the first to offer the first-aid kits, can stop shopping for cures by refraining from recommending specific medicines, a new study finds.

It suggests that it’s not just the practitioners who should stop recommending particular drugs.

In the study, published online in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists from the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, and the University College London recruited more than 50 mental health professionals to conduct a “shopping experiment”.

Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire, including questions about their mental health care history, their shopping habits, and whether they use a drug for depression or other mental health conditions.

The researchers also asked the participants to provide information about their current treatments and other medication, as well as their general health and wellbeing.

They then recruited six other volunteers to join the study.

Once the participants had completed the questionnaire, they were told to fill in a second questionnaire, which included questions about the researchers’ previous studies, and their shopping histories.

The second questionnaire was sent to the participants via email.

The survey data included whether the participants were currently using a medication or not, how frequently they use medication, how long they’ve been using medication, and how often they’ve stopped using medication.

The information was collected via the internet, and was available on the participants’ personal websites.

Participants also provided detailed information about any mental health treatment they had received.

The researchers found that among the volunteers, those who had used a medication for depression were more likely to say that they used it to treat their mental illness, as opposed to a medication to treat a mental illness.

The study also found that those who were currently receiving a medication had more severe symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, and had lower mental health outcomes, compared to people who had not received a medication.

The researchers say this is consistent with the results of a large study published last year, which found that the “treatment-as-medication” model of mental health was not beneficial for patients.

“This is a new finding that shows that it is possible to use mental health interventions to treat mental health problems, rather than prescribing medications to patients,” said Dr David Green, from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at King’s and co-author of the study alongside Professor Jonathan Parnia of the University at St Andrews.

Dr Green added: “This finding is very important because it means that there is now a real opportunity to help people get the help they need.”

The research, which involved 60 mental health practitioners and 40 volunteers, was funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.