Research has revealed that the Midlands is second only to the North of England for antidepressant usage, according to online pharmacy Chemist 4 U.
It found that over the past three years, the Midlands and the east have been issued 58.7 million antidepressant prescriptions. The prescriptions have come at a cost of £199 million to the NHS since 2016.
The south of England had a collective figure of 47.5 million prescriptions over the past three years compared with 67.1 million in the north and just 17.1 million in London.
“I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for many years and my health got so bad, I needed medication just to get me through the day.”
DANIEL BAKER, PREVIOUSLY DEPENDANT ON ANTI DEPRESSANTS
Only 30% of the individuals who had experienced poor mental health said that they found antidepressants very effective, while 17% said that they were not effective at all.
Daniel Baker explained why he relied on antidepressants: “I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for many years and my health got so bad, I needed medication just to get me through the day.”
Of those taking antidepressants, the reasons varied. Users shared some contributing factors that worsen their mental health conditions:
- 59% stress at work
- 49% stress at home
- 48% lack of sleep
- 36% arguments with family and friends
- 47% the colder, darker months
The figures from Chemist 4 U come from a survey of 2000 respondents which found that at as much as 28% of the population have or have previously had a mental health condition.
Stocks of antidepressants are said to be falling because people are stockpiling them due to Brexit.