Anti-depressant use doubled

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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.

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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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