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SANE comment on record number of antidepressant prescriptions
Added: 29th Mar 2019

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on the continuing rise in the number of antidepressant prescriptions: “We are not surprised by these findings as the increase in antidepressant prescriptions is reflected in the number of callers to SANE, who say that they are experiencing more frequent and acute periods of depression and anxiety.

“Some of the rise may be due to more people feeling unsafe and uncertain due to social and political change, the impact of social media and fragmentation of relationships with family, friends and the wider community.

“But the factors driving the rise may not all be negative. People who use antidepressants are using them for longer, as evidence shows that this can be more effective. Also, increasing public awareness may encourage more people in need to seek treatment.

“Antidepressants can be helpful and do save lives. But talking therapies can also form an important part of a person’s treatment, which is why it is so important to ensure they are readily available and that people are not kept waiting until they reach a crisis.”

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