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Anti-depressant use doubled

Posted by: Staff writers | 16 November, 2012 - 9:35 AM

4BC Breakfast: A new study has found that anti-depressants are being over-prescribed by doctors.

Peter and Mary from 4BC Breakfast take up the issue with GP Dr Ginni Mansberg.

News Update

Use of antidepressants doubles in 10 years

A study's found the willingness of GPs to write prescriptions for antidepressants has significantly contributed to a doubling of the use of such drugs in Australia over the past decade.

The report says relentless marketing strategies by pharmaceutical companies have also played a part in Australians increasingly relying on antidepressants to treat mental health issues.

It found the psychotropic medications market has increased by 58 per cent since 2000.

The increase has occurred across antidepressants, sedatives, antipsychotics, mood stabilisers and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder medications - all of which which act on the brain to control mood and behaviour.

Senior author of the report, Professor Iain McGregor, says while he doesn't want to question the experience or clinical judgement of GPs, alternatives to medication are sometimes overlooked.

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  • Hmmmm i have found that lighting farts has relieved some depression or has at least lightened the mood!!!!

    roger Sunday 18 November, 2012 - 9:56 PM
  • Pete B, i'm over it, why do you insist on grouping the folk that don't agree with you as one entity, come on man, as i have stated previously i will sign a Stat Dec. to prove that "i am me" and me alone, get it through your thick skull you "goon"

    roger Sunday 18 November, 2012 - 9:45 PM
  • Bob Lord, also posting as James W, roger, just me & other Imbeciles, still lost your mind I see but at least you have began to realise that you make false comments continually, just post as one person you Goon.

    Peter B Saturday 17 November, 2012 - 8:16 AM
  • Bob lord - you are out of line. This is fracking serious. CSG could roon the world. I've seen it on the television, bubbles coming out of the sand into our creeks and I've seen people lighting matches near a tap that had water coming out.
    And who knows what happens when the CSGers Frack. What sort of Godzillas are being created down there.

    Harry Friday 16 November, 2012 - 7:33 PM
  • No worries Rich - you worry about the methane gas please, I'm sure it's a major problem that needs worrying about. Especially how the lefties deal with it. We know THEY never do anything right don't we eh? Nudge, nudge wink wink.
    Well done mick - enjoying your gloom and doom again I see. Try stronger medicine.

    Bob Lord Friday 16 November, 2012 - 5:08 PM

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