Lives Destroyed by Happy Pills - Rehab Guide

Lives Destroyed by Happy Pills

The number of people using anti-depressants in the UK has soared recently. In 2000 there were 20 million prescriptions regularly filled, this has raised by 19 to 39 million in only a decade

Though factors such as the economic recession can be partly responsible for this surge in anxiety, some GPs are concerned that misdiagnosis may be playing a significant role also. Currently, with GPs being massively over-worked, cases of misdiagnosis of ‘depression’ go hand in hand with cases of actual depression being over-looked. Patients that need assistance are walking away empty handed while others are being treated unnecessarily.

Ideally, patients with mild depression should receive a form of talking therapy to organise their depressive thoughts and behaviour without ‘resorting’ to pills, but Doctors have claimed that the difficulty of finding a therapist is such that they prescribe the pills because the therapy simply isn’t available. This is even in the light that patients in therapy have only a 5% relapse rate (into depressive behaviour) than those on the pills (20%). The full story, as reported by The Daily Mail, June 29, 2010. Unnecessary anti-depressant prescriptions in the US.

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Trained in addictionology in the Johnson Model, and specializing in substance abuse for individual and couple counselling. John's personal experience has given him a wealth of insights, which he integrates into practice. His extensive training has allowed him to gain expertise in individual and group counselling, concurrent disorders, case management, executing treatment plans and relapse prevention. He started this free helpline as a result of a life change and to help others get sober and live a life free from drugs and alcohol. John covers a variety of topics relating to addiction and recovery in his articles.


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