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.