Recent figures have suggested that the prescriptions for antidepressants on the NHS have been increasing. This trend has been persistent for many years. This could be due to the fact that more people are coming forward and seeking help for their mental health issues but this is not the only possible reason.
As a society, I believe that we have become more inclined to prescribe medication to resolve an issue than to prescribe therapies and emotional support. Despite these concerns, talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy are becoming more widely available. However, the fact still remains that some people do not have access to these beneficial treatments which can cause a deficit in mental health services.
This means that we need to improve our understanding of how many people are taking antidepressants, for how long and whether they are using any other treatments so that we improve mental health services to ensure the most vulnerable members of society are assisted as much as possible with their mental health disorders.