Article in the Daily Mail by Chloe Lambert.
Within ten minutes of telling her GP that she was feeling anxious and was sleeping badly, Nicky Manning was walking out of the consulting room with a prescription for antidepressants.
Not only was Nicky, a marketing executive from Southampton, shocked by how quickly her doctor had diagnosed her with depression but also by how easily she had been given a pack of Sertraline one of the UK’s most commonly prescribed antidepressants.
It is an alarming snapshot of what appears to be a national trend: our growing appetite for the pills.
Recent government figures revealed that more than 50 million prescriptions for antidepressants were issued in England last year.
That is almost one prescription for every member of the population — up by 7.5 per cent on the previous year — with women twice as likely to be prescribed antidepressants than men.
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