SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Gibson, K., Cartwright, C., & Read, J. (2016). Conflict in men’s experiences with antidepressants. American Journal of Men’s Health. Doi: 10.1177/1557988316637645

Summary: The article describes research investigating conflict in men’s experience with using antidepressants.

Questions to Consider: [Critical thinking questions based on the article to gauge student comprehension and analysis]

  1. What has fueled the debates regarding the use of antidepressants?
  2. How do concepts of masculinity affect men’s responses to antidepressants?
  3. What themes emerged as potential conflicts for men who were using antidepressants?

Article 2: Huang, K., Lu, W., Wang, Y., Hu, G., Lu, C., Lee, W., & Hsu, C. (2014). Comparison of agomelatine and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors/serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors in major depressive disorder: A meta-analysis of head-to-head randomized clinical trials. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48, 663-71.

Summary: This paper describes a meta-analysis in which the efficacy of agomelatine was compared to that of more traditional SSRI/SNRI antidepressants.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is a meta-analysis?
  2. What do the results of this analysis suggest about the efficacy of agomelatine as compared to SSRIs and SNRIs?
  3. What do the results of this analysis suggest about how the side effects of agomelatine compare to those of SSRIs and SNRIs?

Article 3: Young, A. H., & Newham, J. I. (2006). Lithium in maintenance therapy for bipolar disorder. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 20 Supplement, 17-22.

Summary: This paper reviews research lithium’s efficacy and safety in treating bipolar disorder.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Why is maintenance treatment for bipolar disorder so important?
  2. What are the benefits of lithium as a maintenance treatment for bipolar disorder?
  3. What are the drawbacks of using lithium for maintenance therapy for bipolar disorder?