UK doctors doled out record 70.9m prescriptions for antidepressants last year — with social media ‘partly to blame’

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UK doctors doled out record 70.9m prescriptions for antidepressants last year — with social media 'partly to blame'



DOCTORS doled out a record 70.9million prescriptions for antidepressants last year — double the amount in 2008.
The number is up five per cent in a year. It cost the NHS £203million compared with £36million a decade ago, figures from NHS Digital reveal.
Getty – Contributor Doctors doled out record 70.9m prescriptions for antidepressants last year
Overall, a record 1.1billion ­prescriptions were handed out last year.
GPs are increasingly giving drugs for conditions linked to poor lifestyle such as ­obesity and unhealthy diet.
Prescriptions for diabetes hit 55million and cost ­£1.1billion — up 79 per cent in a decade and an eighth of the total £8.8billion NHS prescriptions bill. Demand for preventative treatments such as blood pressure pills rose 23 per cent since 2008.
Use of cholesterol-busting statins went up 43 per cent to 74.3million.
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Mental health charity Sane said social media helped fuel the rise in antidepressants.
Vicki Nash, of Mind, said Brexit may also be a factor, adding: “Political events can create uncertainty.”
The Royal College of GPs said antidepressants were effective if used “appropriately”. It said the increase may reflect a rise in awareness of mental health conditions.
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