Whether or not doctors should give patients with mental health problems anti-depressants is one of the most controversial debates in medicine. The figures are stark: the amount of anti-depressants being prescribed by doctors in the UK has doubled in a decade. Some argue that’s because they were previously under-treating illnesses like depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. In his latest TV outing, Dr Michael Mosley tests that theory against some of the alternatives: things like mindfulness, yoga and even gardening to see if they can produce the same clinical effects as taking drugs when it comes to treating mental illness. He tells Winifred Robinson what conclusions he came to.
First broadcast on You & Yours, 30 October 2017.