Foolish Europeans have bought the lies and nonsense from big pharma.
Use of medication has increased by 20% each year across Europe since 1995 and this has coincided with a suicide drop of 0.8%
Sweden and Slovakia have seen largest growth in the use of the drugs, with a 1000% increase in Sweden between 1980 and 2009
Icelanders are the heaviest medication users with almost 9% of the population taking a daily dose of antidepressants
The use of antidepressant medication in the UK has increased five-fold since 1991, new data reveals.
It also showed that the use of such drugs had increased by 20 per cent each year across Europe over a similar period.
This increase in uptake across Europe was found to have coincided with a gradual decline in suicide rates.
Experts said that data collected over past 30 years provides ‘strong evidence’ that antidepressants are playing a key role in treatment strategies for depression
Between 1995 and 2009, the use of antidepressants across Europe increased by almost 20 per cent per year on average, with a corresponding 0.8 per cent annual reduction in the suicide rate.
Researchers, including David McDaid from the London School of Economics and Political Science, said that data collected from 29 European countries over three decades provided ‘strong evidence’ that antidepressants are playing a key role in treatment strategies for depression.
However, he said that other factors should not be discounted – such as a country’s economic state, cultural mores and access to psychological services.
Interestingly, the report found no consistent relationship between suicide rates and alcohol consumption, divorce, or employment rates.
EUROPEAN ANTIDEPRESSANT USE: THE STATISTICS
- UK use has rocked 495% since 1991
- Between 1995 and 2009 use of drug rose by 20 per cent across Europe
- Sweden, Norway and Slovakia have seen the largest growth in usage with an 1000 per cent increase in Sweden’s case between 1980 and 2009
- The lowest rates were recorded in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria, France and Luxembourg
- Icelanders are the heaviest users with previous studies suggesting that almost 9 per cent of the population taking daily doses
- While suicide rates have fallen across Europe, suicide still remains a major public health problem in the EU countries, accounting for 60,000 deaths each year
- Lithuania has highest suicide rate followed by Hungary, while Greece, Italy and Spain are at the other end of the spectrum, with suicide rates the lowest in the EU
Sweden, Norway and Slovakia have seen the largest growth in antidepressant usage with an 1000 per cent increase in Sweden’s case between 1980 and 2009 – while the lowest growths have been recorded in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria, France and Luxembourg.
The United Kingdom has recorded a five-fold increase (495 per cent) in the use of antidepressants since 1991 and a 14 per cent fall in suicide rates over the same period.
Icelanders are the heaviest users of anti-depressants with previous studies suggesting that almost nine per cent of the population take daily doses of medication, compared to just four per cent in Romania.
While suicide rates have fallen across Europe, suicide still remains a major public health problem in the EU countries, accounting for 60,000 deaths each year.
Lithuania has the highest current suicide rate followed by Hungary, while Greece, Italy and Spain are at the other end of the spectrum, with suicide rates the lowest in the EU.
Mr McDaid, an LSE mental health policy researcher, said the data showed that suicide rates had decreased more in countries where there had been a spike in the use of anti-depressants on a regular basis.
‘These findings underline the importance of the appropriate use of anti-depressants as part of routine care for people diagnosed with depression, therefore reducing the risk of suicide,’ he said.
Lithuania has the highest current suicide rate followed by Hungary, while Greece, Italy and Spain are at the other end of the spectrum, with suicide rates the lowest in the EU
‘The stigma surrounding antidepressants has decreased in line with improved awareness of mental health problems over the past 30 years, more counselling services and safer medication options.
‘Increased funding for mental health systems has also helped make anti-depressants more affordable and accessible,’ he added.
‘A decline in suicide rates cannot be linked directly to antidepressants but the evidence in support of them – when used appropriately – is pretty compelling,’ he added.
The findings of the study, Antidepressant utilization and suicide in Europe: an ecological multi-national study are published in the latest issue of the Public Library of Science (PLoS One).
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- Antidepressant Utilization and Suicide in Europe: An Ecological Multi-National Study (plosone.org)