SSRI prescriptions rocket by 43% in the last 4 years

Apologies for not posting for a while – the day job has been very demanding and there is a lot going on around Seroxat in the UK that I simply can’t write about yet.

However, I did notice this story a few weeks ago and it’s quite worrying as it means that Doctors are still happy to prescribe SSRIs far too freely. Given the current state of the economy, it’s a situation that may only get worse.

The figures, obtained from NHS Prescription Services under the Freedom of Information Act, cover anti-depressant prescribing from 2006 to 2010, during which time the UK had to cope with the banking crisis, recession and the start of the spending cuts.

They showed the number of prescriptions for selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, the most commonly prescribed group of anti-depressants, rose by 43% to nearly 23 million a year.
This is would seem to go against the Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), that state clearly that for mild to moderate depression, pills should not be the first resort. Talking therapies work better in the long-term and there are no risky side-effects.

More on the story here at the Guardian and here at the BBC

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