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| Wed Nov 21 08:55:13|
Told you so, told you so!
15 hours ago
Brexit: Antidepressant prescriptions increased in wake of EU referendum vote, study shows
All prescription medications studied had been rising year on year but suddenly went into decline in 2016, with the exception of antidepressants
Antidepressant prescribing in England rose after the UK voted to quit the European Union, in stark contrast to widespread decreases in the prescribing of other medicines, a study suggests.
The researchers from King’s College London (KCL) said more should be done to bolster mental health services in the wake of major national events, such as elections and financial crises.
When they looked at this effect in the wake of the June 2016 referendum, they found that antidepressant use continued to rise in the wake of the result, but at a slower rate. However, prescribing for other types of drugs, which had also been increasing every year, suddenly began to drop, although the reasons why are not clear.
“The study is open to interpretation,” said Dr Sotiris Vandoros, the study’s lead author. “On one hand the increases in antidepressant prescribing year on year are slowing down [in 2016]. But if you look at the control group medications, which were also increasing year on year, in 2016 they started decreasing.”
While he said this study cannot give a reason for the trend, they couldn’t find evidence of any change in prescription guidelines that could explain the effect and suggest it is due to increased uncertainty.
“There was a lot going on in the news with Brexit, a lot of uncertainty, a lot of debate. So it could have been people were too distracted to fill prescriptions which drove decreases in the other classes,” Dr Vandoros added.
“While the same effect would hold for antidepressants as well, it could have been outweighed by increasing numbers seeking support for mental health. But we can’t be sure.”
Other experts, not involved with the study said the findings should be treated with “great caution” though they added the call to increase funding for mental health should be taken seriously.
Using GP practice prescribing data, Dr Vandoros and his fellow authors from KCL and Harvard University in the US compiled the number of doses per capita every month in each of the 326 voting areas in England between 2011-2016.
They compared antidepressant prescriptions to prescriptions for iron and anti-gout drugs – chosen because they were “unlikely to be associated with uncertainty and depression”.
The results, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, found antidepressant prescribing continued to increase after the referendum but at a slower pace than noticed in previous years.
| Wed Nov 21 15:10:33|
Liberals can't handle losing.
| Wed Nov 21 17:43:22|
maybe they should make bestiality legal. that will put a smile on their miserable British faces.
| Thu Nov 22 05:24:38|
Well that escalated quickly, and with a rather unexpected change in direction.
Something on your mind zavyx?
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