Depression tablets rise in East Lancs ‘worrying’

More than 200 prescriptions for anti-depressants were handed out per 1,000 people in East Lancashire last year

More than 200 prescriptions for anti-depressants were handed out per 1,000 people in East Lancashire last year

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

NEW figures have shown more than 200 prescriptions for anti-depressants were handed out per 1,000 people in East Lancashire last year.

The statistics obtained by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation’s QualityWatch programme found that between October and December last year 201 prescriptions were prescribed for every 1,000 people in Blackburn and Darwen.

In East Lancashire Primary Care Trust the figure was 213.

The report could not determine whether the figures were based on the same people receiving more medication.

Or whether they reflected an increase in the number of people who were receiving anti-depressants.

The figures have been branded ‘disturbing and worrying’ by the Lancashire Telegraph’s health expert Dr Tom Smith.

He said: “Anti-depressants are powerful tablets. Some work well, some don’t.

“Some people respond well, some don’t. It’s a sign that a lot of people are having mental health problems and are getting depressed.

“They are not prescribed lightly.

“They are only prescribed when the doctor really feels the patient needs them.”

Nationally, the report found an increasing use of antidepressants since the recession took hold in 2008 – at an average of 8.5 per cent a year.

It said: “Overuse of antidepressants can have a negative impact on patient health and create dependencies, representing an inefficient use of health care resources.”

Earlier this year, the Lancashire Telegraph reported how the waiting time for counselling in Blackburn with Darwen was slashed from one year to one week.

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2:01pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Doug Spencer says...

Sadly this links with this story:
http://www.lancashir
etelegraph.co.uk/new
s/rossendale/1124040
1.Threats_and_abuse_
sent_to_Loveclough_m
ental_health_staff/
A rise in mental health problems but funnily enough, no rise in the criminally insane. Hope the residents complaining in Loveclough are reading this.
Sadly this links with this story: http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/rossendale/1124040 1.Threats_and_abuse_ sent_to_Loveclough_m ental_health_staff/ A rise in mental health problems but funnily enough, no rise in the criminally insane. Hope the residents complaining in Loveclough are reading this. Doug Spencer
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2:37pm Tue 3 Jun 14

GracesDad says...

I totally disagree with Dr.Tom - they are prescribed very lightly indeed. I once went to the doctor complaining that I couldn't sleep after a close family member had died and I was immediately given a prescription for anti-depressants. Needless to say, I tore it up and threw it away.

In my experience, most of the people being given these tablets are also on long-term sick. They are using depression as an excuse not to work as it is very difficult to prove otherwise.
I totally disagree with Dr.Tom - they are prescribed very lightly indeed. I once went to the doctor complaining that I couldn't sleep after a close family member had died and I was immediately given a prescription for anti-depressants. Needless to say, I tore it up and threw it away. In my experience, most of the people being given these tablets are also on long-term sick. They are using depression as an excuse not to work as it is very difficult to prove otherwise. GracesDad
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3:45pm Tue 3 Jun 14

rudis_dad says...

GracesDad wrote:
I totally disagree with Dr.Tom - they are prescribed very lightly indeed. I once went to the doctor complaining that I couldn't sleep after a close family member had died and I was immediately given a prescription for anti-depressants. Needless to say, I tore it up and threw it away.

In my experience, most of the people being given these tablets are also on long-term sick. They are using depression as an excuse not to work as it is very difficult to prove otherwise.
You're not wrong - my mother was prescribed anti-depressants for a throat complaint last week!! Needless to say she refused to take them.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: I totally disagree with Dr.Tom - they are prescribed very lightly indeed. I once went to the doctor complaining that I couldn't sleep after a close family member had died and I was immediately given a prescription for anti-depressants. Needless to say, I tore it up and threw it away. In my experience, most of the people being given these tablets are also on long-term sick. They are using depression as an excuse not to work as it is very difficult to prove otherwise.[/p][/quote]You're not wrong - my mother was prescribed anti-depressants for a throat complaint last week!! Needless to say she refused to take them. rudis_dad
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4:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

frank says...

anti depressants didn't work for me, 26 years of them.
8 sessions of mindfulness therapy did a **** sight more and wasn't toxic.
now at least i can do volunteer work.
anti depressants are the easy answer, and not always that.
anti depressants didn't work for me, 26 years of them. 8 sessions of mindfulness therapy did a **** sight more and wasn't toxic. now at least i can do volunteer work. anti depressants are the easy answer, and not always that. frank
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4:04pm Tue 3 Jun 14

frank says...

hit by the swear filter -result and it wasn't really swearing!
hit by the swear filter -result and it wasn't really swearing! frank
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9:10pm Tue 3 Jun 14

child44 says...

The first sentence of this article:

"NEW figures have shown more than 200 prescriptions for anti-depressants were handed out per 1,000 people in East Lancashire last year."

Seriously? 20% of people in East Lancs are on anti-depressants? And that's just 'worrying'? That's not 'worrying', that's ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS. Why are there no comments from MPs?

Hey, you lot. Vote. Contact your MP. You have a collective power. You shouldn't be putting up with this.
The first sentence of this article: "NEW figures have shown more than 200 prescriptions for anti-depressants were handed out per 1,000 people in East Lancashire last year." Seriously? 20% of people in East Lancs are on anti-depressants? And that's just 'worrying'? That's not 'worrying', that's ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS. Why are there no comments from MPs? Hey, you lot. Vote. Contact your MP. You have a collective power. You shouldn't be putting up with this. child44
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