“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)