The Wisdom of Crowds (Vox Populi) and Antidepressant Use
Scott B Patten*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2015
First Page: 1
Last Page: 3
Publisher Id: CPEMH-11-1
Article History:Received Date: 21/10/2014
Revision Received Date: 19/11/2014
Acceptance Date: 19/11/2014
Electronic publication date: 30 /1/2015
Collection year: 2015
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Under certain conditions, groups of people may (collectively) make better judgments than experts. Galton connected this phenomenon to the phrase vox populi in a 1907 paper. Arguably, an example of the phenomenon may be found in recent stabilization of the frequency of antidepressant use, following decades of increases. There is no evidence that a change in physi-cian behaviour has caused this stabilization. The stable frequency more likely reflects decisions made by thousands of individual people based on their personal experiences. This may provide a statement from the vox populi on an optimal frequency of antidepressant use in contemporary populations under current conditions, a topic that has eluded the consensus of experts.