The NHS prescribed a record number of antidepressants last year, fuelling an upward trend that has seen the number of pills given to patients more than double over the last decade.
The figures raised questions over whether the rise shows doctors are handing out the drugs out too freely or whether it means more people are getting help to tackle their anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
Prescriptions for 64.7m items of antidepressants – an all-time high – were dispensed in England in 2016, the most recent annual data from NHS Digital showed. That was 3.7m more than the 61m items dispensed during 2015
These figures are not only staggering but significantly rising each year and of course, generating a massive amount of money for drug manufacturers.
And how many people deal with their issues in other ways by using cannabis, alcohol, or other illegal drugs?
Medication offers a quick fix for some, but it also robs people of their authentic self, by slowing their minds down. What are the long- term risks to health after years of drug intake? and what about the side effects people suffer? Is that OK? – Medication simply masks the problem
So what is the answer? The answer is to develop a relationship with yourself. Learning to value, trust, and understand yourself.
It comes down to how you feel about yourself! Change that and you will change your life.