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Consumption of Psychiatric Drugs in UK Continues to Climb

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"The latest prescription figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that the UK is in the midst of a psychiatric drug epidemic," reports the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry.

The latest numbers on antidepressants, writes CEP, represent "a 7.5% increase since 2013, and over 500% since 1992. This level of antidepressant prescribing is particularly worrying, given that the prevalence of depression has remained steady over the past ten years. Indeed recent research suggests that the numbers of prescriptions are rising because more people are taking the drugs for longer."

Latest prescription data shows consumption of psychiatric drugs continues to soar (Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, April 10, 2015)
 
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500% since 1992?
God, what's happened over the last 23 years?!
 
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That increase could be explained,maybe, by a swing from under prescribing to over prescribing.
 
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That increase could be explained,maybe, by a swing from under prescribing to over prescribing.
Yeah I think at least part of it is that fewer people are going undiagnosed/treated since the early '90s, which is a good thing. How it can have gone up 7.5% within the last two years is the part that worries me...
 
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an increase in prescriptions doesn't necessarily mean an increase in the consumption of drugs. the prescriptions could be for less meds, for example weekly or bi weekly meds which is a good thing if i helps people not to overdose.
 
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The 7.5% could be explained by a continuing trend to overdiagnose or lower thresholds to implement the use of antidepressants. Also are they being used more for co-morbid problems such as general/social anxiety and OCD which is helping to bump up the figures?
 
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@Helena, good point.
 
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