Britain is becoming a nation of pill poppers, with GPs too quick to prescribe anti-depressants, according to mental health experts.
GPs are 46 times more likely to prescribe medication for depression and other mental illnesses instead of other medically proven alternatives such as exercise, research has found.
The reliance on prescription medication comes as the study, commissioned by the charity Nuffield Health, indicates that mental illness is on the rise.
A survey of 2,000 people showed that 44 per cent experienced symptoms of anxiety regularly — up by a third since the recession began five years ago. The research suggests that the number of people experiencing low mood, an early indicator of depression, has also increased, jumping from 31 per cent to 39 per cent.
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Lift low mood naturally with St John’s Wort
For people who experience medium to long periods of low mood, anti-depressants may not always be the answer.
<strong>St John’s Wort, sometimes known as the “Sunshine Herb” is known for it’s mood-enhancing properties. KarmaMood St John’s Wort tablets is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety. Unlike many anti-depressants, it does not dampen libido and is available in two strengths. More information and special prices can be found at www.karmamood.co.uk. Always read the label.
For people who are unable to take St John’s Wort, such as those on some mediciations including the contraceptive pill, then Rhodiola rosea is worth considering. Vitano, containing Rhodiola rosea is a traditional herbal medicine used for the temporary relief of stress such as fatigue, exhaustion and mild anxieety. For more information and special prices visit www.vitano.co.uk. Always read the label.