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Increase in antidepressant prescriptions in the U.K.

For my first blog post, I needed some inspiration.I basically looked at one of our favorite blog webistes: Badscience to help me write my first blog. I’ve never written a blog before nor am I used to writing for the general public but I decided to give it a try.

I read a piece in Badscience that discussed the problem and the increase of prescription antidepressants in the United Kingdom. I have had several friends that have taken antidepressants and it just seemed like a good topic to blog about. The article discusses the reasons why there has been an increase in this specific type of medication.

Antidepressant prescriptions have been give mostly to young women. But as recent research shows, the amount of prescriptions have doubled in the past few years. These prescriptions were mostly given to long term patients. The article states that the main reason for this increase can be explained by the small changes in the proportion of patients receiving long term treatment. The reason I chose this article is because I have had friends who have experienced serious depression problems.The interesting thing is that I have  found that depression hits the people you least expect. In my experience, my friends were the ones that were always smiling and always being positive. However, reality wan’t so optimistic.

Depression, in general, can be dealt with but can also be dangerous.I do believe that there are more places around the world where the prescriptions for antidepressants have increased. I have heard about antidepressants more often. The author of Badscience has written about this issue before because there were other time periods where an increase had been noticeable. There haven’t been clear explanations for this increase but it continues to be a researched topic.

I just wanted to see what your thoughts were for this increase. Maybe you have some idea of what may be causing this increase, whether it be from your own experiences or articles you have read. In my experience, depression can be caused by anything from breaking up with a boyfriend to the loss of a loved one.

In my opinion, the reason for this increase is simply because the long-term patients have developed some sort of tolerance for this medication. A person can build a tolerance to any type of drug. The more the body has the more it needs to have the same effect as before. What do you think?


Here is the link to the article that the blog Badscience used as well as the actual Blog.


  1. lexicory
    February 6, 2012 at 3:33 am

    This is an interesting article, because depression and antidepressants are interesting topics. Over time, our bodies can build up an immunity to drugs, and will require more, such as antibiotics and even antidepressants too. Antidepressants effect the serotonin receptors in the human brain, increasing levels of “happiness.” As the user uses these drugs more often, a higher dosage may be required. Annual sales of antidepressants reach $50 billion, meaning this class of drugs is one of the leading prescriptions.
    There are different types of depression, some of which is not actually needed to be treated with pills- this is really a less severe type, and oftentimes is over-prescribed medication. Different chemical balances in the brain, neurotransmitters, are set off-balance, pertaining to human moods and emotions. I personally think that there could be two reasons for this increase in prescribing antidepressants- one could be the body’s resistance that builds up over time, and the second being prescriptions being given out for a more mild form of depression that is oftentimes over-diagnosed.

  2. leimaf
    April 23, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I am a big believer in homeopathic medicine and the notion that our bodies reflect what we put into it, or in some cases don’t put into it. For this reason, I am always very skeptical of pharmaceutical drugs and believe that they should only be a last resort and never an initial option. For those dealing with anxiety or depression – did they first try changing their diet and seeing where they had deficiencies or excess of certain foods and nutrients, did they increase excercise, did they seek therapy, did they try vitamin supplements such as B-12 and Ginko Bilboa? Unfortunately, I can soundly surmise that most people currently prescribed to drugs such as Xanax and Kilonopam did not have any of these choices recommended to them before being written the prescription. There is a lot of literature strongly correlating and diet. Yet, research is overlooked causing an increase in drug dependency rather than avoiding the need for them in the first place.

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