We are living through a mental health crisis. Existing treatments barely scratch the surface of the problem, and have not translated into real-world benefit for a huge number of people.
By Amanda Feilding
An estimated one billion people worldwide now live with a mental disorder, with depression affecting an estimated 264 million people of all ages around the world. It is the single biggest contributing factor to suicide, responsible globally for an estimated 800,000 deaths every year, and is the second most frequent cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds. In the UK, 30% of patients find existing therapies to be ineffective, with 1.2 million people suffering from treatment-resistant depression.
Despite the rapidly growing problem, there has, arguably, been little progress in terms of treatment options since 1974, with the discovery of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as...
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