I can see the rationale behind the brand new Nationwide Institute for Well being and Care Excellence (Good) tips making an attempt to cut back the dishing out of antidepressants by the NHS, however I don’t agree with it. Between October and December 2020 medical doctors prescribed greater than 20 million tablets, 6 per cent greater than in the identical interval in 2019. I’m shocked, for apparent causes, that the rise wasn’t larger. Nonetheless, it’s a heck of rather a lot. Greater than seven million individuals, 17 per cent of the grownup inhabitants of the UK, are on antidepressants. I’m one among them — 20mg of fluoxetine each morning for the previous 16 years.
The brand new Good recommendation is that sufferers presenting with gentle despair shouldn’t routinely be supplied tablets as