Antidepressants in the UK

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shortshanks red...
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Apr 14 2017 17:40
Antidepressants in the UK

Surely this must be a record in recent history ? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/14/antidepressants-prescrib...

Data published last year by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, now renamed NHS Digital, showed that there were 61m NHS prescriptions for antidepressants in England in 2015. This was double the number prescribed a decade earlier and had a net cost to the health service of nearly £285m.

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Apr 15 2017 11:19

It sounds to me like a new record considering the 61m figure. I have been on anti-depressants myself in the past and do suffer from depression. I think anti-depressants and medication can certainly help people but they can also have some negative side effects. I also feel that, with me personally, it's not me thats the problem but the society we inhabit thats the problem so I don't take anti-depressants, for me to take the anti-depressants would be an admission that the problem was myself- not the system but I understand they can help people. I do make sure to take my anti-psychotics though as not doing so would no doubt be disasterously stupid. An interesting post, thankyou for sharing.

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Apr 15 2017 12:54

Regarding the nhs prescriptions- This being the medication we know about. Self medication is evident in most places in the uk , its a scandal reeking chaos in peoples lives and i keep thinking is this not enough evidence that the whole rotten system is harming us in multiple ways. That this hasnt brought people together is frightening . It churns my stomach that the royals and this government pretend they care with their self promoting schemes.

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Apr 15 2017 13:29

I'm guessing you are referring to this http://www.royalfoundation.com/heads-together-duke-duchess-cambridge-pri...