Many people have become reliant on prescription drugs to make them feel better. Around half of all adults in the UK take them daily and nearly 61 million anti-depressants are prescribed.

Anti-depressants are the third most prescribed drug for adults aged between 18-44. Mental health issues affect two thirds of the adults in the UK.

As it’s Mental Health Awareness week, here at Insight, we decided to look more into prescription drugs and what you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better.

Just because your doctor prescribes the drugs, it doesn’t automatically mean that they’re safe to take, they can be very addictive.

The commonly used anti-depressant, sertraline, has been shown to have many side effects, including depression and suicidal thoughts.

it felt like i was drowning, the list of side effects is endless.
faizah koroma

So, what do you do when the anti-depressants are making you feel 10x worse? We researched what else you can do instead of taking them:

  1. Eat more fruit and veg
  2. Exercise more
  3. Meditate
  4. Do yoga
  5. Get an early night

I interviewed a Nottingham Trent University student about how anti-depressants changed her life.

1 in 11 British adults take anti-depressants, Britons are taking more prescription drugs than ever before.

Although prescription drugs may help, it has been proven that you can’t just rely on them, counselling is one of the main things that help when diagnosed with the depression.

Faizah meditating

Just talking about your problems can help and lift a weight off your shoulders, you can’t combat depression without expressing yourself.

This is why Mental Health Awareness week is so important, it attempts to stop the stigma related to mental health. It allows people to talk about the issue, something that is so heavily censored from the public.

If you feel like you have depression, book an appointment to see your GP or do the NHS online test here.

Mental Health Awareness week, 8-14 May 2017.