Recent figures from the NHS show a rise in the number of prescriptions for ADHD and psychoses-related conditions during the past decade.
According to the figures double the amount of women were prescribed the drugs between 2011 and 2012 with the figure totalling a staggering 483,431 compared to 234,899 men – which together accounts for 14% of the overall population.
The rates have risen gradually since 1993-94 when 1.26 million drugs were prescribed, to just over 5 million being prescribed in 2011-12.
The cost of all this to the NHS in Scotland is a staggering £31.3m this year alone, almost double that of the cost back in 1993-94.
Jackson Carlaw, a spokesman for Conservative health said: “It has now been several years since the SNP promised to halt the rise in people being given anti-depressants.
“What’s more, drugs are being depended on to fight other mental health issues such as ADHD and dementia, when research has shown other, sometimes very straightforward therapies can be more effective.”
Whilst for some individuals antidepressants will allow them to live a normal life within their community that otherwise they would have been unable to, it is important that other avenues also be explored.
Counselling and various other talk-based therapies are often very effective for treating a range of psychological issues. A counsellor will help you to understand and explore why you are feeling the way you do so that eventually you can begin to manage the condition effectively and move forward with a more positive outlook.
To find out more about how counselling could help you, please visit our Depression fact-sheet.
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