As Prescriptions for Anti Depressants Grow, Is Depression Rising?
Figures from the BBC just published suggest that doctors in the UK have issued 40% more prescriptions for anti-depressants in the last four years. This is clearly an indication that mental health problems are becoming more prominent in society – and that more people are looking for help. Figures for people seeking psychotherapy and counselling at the London based Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice are also up with a significant rise in people presenting at the practice with depression and anxiety.
“These figures don’t necessarily mean that depression is on the increase. What maybe going on is that people are realising that they don’t have to just live with depression, stress, anxiety and other mental health problems. Untreated depression can be very dangerous and it’s important also that people seek the right treatment” says Rebecca Barrie, psychotherapist/counsellor at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice on Harley Street, Central London.
It is estimated that that there are one and a quarter million people in the UK with persistent but mild depression. Persistent, but mild, depression maybe best treated with psychotherapy or counselling. By getting to the root of the depression, through a talking therapy, solutions can be found. Pills can be effective at blocking out difficult feelings but may not be a long term solution.
At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, the psychotherapists/counsellors help individuals work through difficult feelings and locate the root cause of the issues. In gaining understanding of the issues at hand, the individual will gain clarity and be enabled to move on free from distress.
“While anti-depressants play an important part in treating depression, allowing patients to get out of bed and function, when depression has really taken hold. But they are not the long term solution. Depression needs to be tackled and the reasons for the problems explored” says Rebecca Barrie.