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UK – Antidepressant use soared during the recession with 12.5m more pills prescribed in 2012 than in 2007

The use of antidepressants rose significantly in England during the financial crisis and subsequent recession, with 12.5m more pills prescribed in 2012 than in 2007, a study has found. Capture d’écran 2014-05-28 à 13.15.07

Researchers from the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation identified a long-term trend of increasing prescription of antidepressants, rising from 15m items in 1998 to 40m in 2012. But the yearly rate of increase accelerated during the banking crisis and recession to 8.5%, compared to 6.7% before it.

The report also found that rises in unemployment were associated with significant increases in the number of antidepressants dispensed and that areas with poor housing tended to see significantly higher antidepressant use.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Antidepressant use soared during recession in England, study finds | Society | The Guardian.

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