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Review: Today Seven Sharp reported on the dramatic increase the use of anti-depressants, which has increased by 65% between 2006 and 2016. We note that this statistic aligns with the increase in the levels of those feeling lonely most/all of the time, which increased by 60% between 2014 and 2016.

The growth of anti-depressants is partly a result of the stretched mental health sector, where it is easier to prescribe anti-depressants than get access to counselling.  The problem, however, is that users are finding it difficult to wean themselves off anti-depressants – and so are staying on them for longer than is ideal.

Feature photo:  Hillary Barry and Jeremy Wells of Seven Sharp.  TVNZ.