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Out of Control Use of
Anti-Depressants in the UK

I’m wondering if I am losing my eyesight or my mind here, but the United Kingdom appears to be out of control in its use of anti-depressant medication.

The Guardian reports that anti-depressant use is up 25% in the UK, with 43.4 million prescriptions.

Science Daily reports 46 million prescriptions for anti-depressants meds in the UK.

Google Public Data shows the population of the United Kingdom rounding to 63 million.

We have to account for the fact that each person may receive more than one prescription for anti-depressants. Still, these numbers are stupendous.

Dr. Desmond Spence of Barclay Medical Centre, suggests that “we use antidepressants too easily, for too long, and that they are effective for few people (if at all).”

He also argues that the current definition of clinical depression – consisting of two weeks of low mood, even after bereavement – is too loose, causing widespread “medicalisation.”

Interestingly, Dr. Spence also points out that 75% of those who create these loose definitions have links to pharmaceutical companies. Ouch.

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) does not support the use of anti-depressant medication in mild depression, nor necessarily as first line treatment of moderate depression. Instead, they recommend talk therapy.

The UK does not appear all that interested in talking through their emotional difficulties as a first line of defense against emotional angst. I could be wrong.

Out of Control Use of
Anti-Depressants in the UK

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.


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Bundrant, M. (2013). Out of Control Use of
Anti-Depressants in the UK. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2013/01/anti-depressants-in-uk/

 

Last updated: 25 Jan 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Jan 2013
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