Doctors give mental health pills to more than one million 18-20 year olds in a year

Doctors give more than one million 18 to 20 year olds mental health pills a year because the number of young people with antidepressants is increasing by 20%

  • One in nine of the age group uses the medication to treat anxiety or bi-polar
  • There is a risk of side effects with the use of pills, including thoughts of suicide
  • Figures found by Channel 4 Dispatches for documentary Young, British And Depressed
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More than one million Britons between the ages of 18 and 20 were prescribed antidepressants last year, according to worrying new figures from the government.

The number of medications has increased by 20 percent in just three years, with one in nine of this age group using the medications to treat mental health issues such as anxiety and bi-polar disorder.

There are indications that the drug is effective and safe for most patients, but there is a risk of harmful side effects when using the drugs, including suicidal thoughts and extreme anxiety.

More than one million Britons between the ages of 18 and 20 were prescribed antidepressants in the past year. Stock photo

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More than one million Britons between the ages of 18 and 20 were prescribed antidepressants in the past year. Stock photo

& # 39; Our research shows that half of patients with antidepressants experience withdrawal symptoms and half of them say their symptoms are serious & # 39 ;, says Dr. James Davies, a mental health researcher at the University of Roehampton.

"According to the guidelines, symptoms can last up to a week, but we have found that they can continue for much longer. In severe cases we have seen people commit suicide. & # 39;

The new figures were obtained by Channel 4 & # 39; s Dispatches, as part of a research documentary, Young, British And Depressed, which will be broadcast tomorrow night.

The results of the latest mental health research in the government also show that the crisis is bigger than scientists thought.

Previous studies estimate that the incidence of mental illness among young people under 30 was around one in five.

But the research showed that three-quarters of the respondents have or have had a psychological problem. And, alarmingly, only a third felt that their antidepressants relieved their symptoms.

The number of medications has increased by 20 percent in just three years, with one in nine of this age group using the medications to treat mental health issues such as anxiety and bi-polar disorder. Stock photo
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The number of medications has increased by 20 percent in just three years, with one in nine of this age group using the medications to treat mental health issues such as anxiety and bi-polar disorder. Stock photo

The drug intake has increased by 20 percent in just three years, with one in nine of this age group using the medication to treat mental health issues such as anxiety and bi-polar disorder. Stock photo

The new findings contribute to a wealth of evidence that points to a dramatic increase in mental illness among young Britons in the last two decades.

According to a 2018 report, mental health problems in young adults have increased six-fold since 1993.

Some experts say that this increase explains the increased demand for antidepressants.

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However, others claim that the medication that works to raise feel-good hormones in the brain is being distributed too quickly.

Dr. Rachel Preston, a general practitioner who works in Cumbria, says: "General practitioners are under pressure. Sometimes it is easier to prescribe than to sit and listen and solve complex emotional problems. & # 39;

Three quarters of the young people interviewed also said that social media had a negative impact on their mental health.

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