One in Seven Scots Take Antidepressants


Following a fourfold-increase in antidepressant use in Scotland over the last two decades, one in seven Scots are taking the drugs.  Prescriptions for antipsychotics have almost doubled in the same period, while drugs for ADHD are now used at 20x the rate of 15 years ago.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. William Wallace would be spinning in his grave.

    This is great all this news of exponential increases in drugging.

    Maybe the cat poo virus has infected Scotland?

    It’s like dominoes in the cold war. Every country falls into the arms of the brain blamers.

    Life was never meant to be un-drugged.

    It might almost be time to just reach for them ourselves. Soon we’ll be outnumbered.

    What hope do forced psychiatry survivors have when millions willingly swallow.

    It’s like lambs to the slaughter.

    The largest human experiment in history.

    Maybe a global pandemic of iatrogenic brain disease in old age, from the shriveled brains of hundreds of millions of the drugged, will wake humanity up.

    Certainly 300 years of tinkering with the unwilling minority in forced psychiatry settings has not got on mankind’s moral radar.

    What we have here, is a bona fide scientism religion. At least I lived in interesting times, as our friend from Denmark said in her article.

    Oh boy.

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