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“Pill-shaming” helps no one with depression

The reaction to a new report on anti-depressants has exposed confusion. Medication may not be perfect, but for many it’s a whole lot better than the alternative

By Mark Brown  

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

We remain culturally confused about the place of depression and other mental health difficulties in modern life. According to a report released by NHS Digital at the end of June, 2016 was the fourth year in a row antidepressant prescriptions rose in England. Rates of prescription have doubled in a decade, with 64.7m items dispensed in 2016. Many column inches and much discussion followed asking whether society relies too heavily on antidepressants as a simple fix to complicated problems.

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