Friday, 15 July 2011

Rise in depression

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I was reading some news feeds today on Yahoo and I read that "More than four times as many prescriptions for anti-depressants were dispensed in England in 2009 than 18 years before, according to newly-published figures."

First of all, this isn't that much of an increase in 18 years really and truthfully! Second of all, I don't actually think that this is indicative of an increase in depression.

These days, all you need to get a chit for anti-depressants is to go to the doctors and tell them you're feeling a little down.

Furthermore, the doctors are so quick to prescribe medication these days. Whatever your ailment it seems there's a pill available to fix it! They never even mention an 'alternative' approach. By 'alternative' I don't necessarily mean homeopathy. I mean taking a good hard look at the root cause of the problems and fixing that rather than treating the symptoms!

The feed seemed to me a little contradictory. It goes on to state "Mental health problems can ultimately lead people to commit suicide - however, between 1991 and 2009, suicides in the UK fell among all adult age groups, and both males and females." This to me is a clear indication that people may well being prescribed anti-depressants who are not actually depressed! 

I met one such person who was prescribed mild anti-depressants by her doctor after splitting with her partner. Within 2 months she was on the maximum dosage despite the fact that she'd been to 3 psychiatrists who'd all stated that nothing was actually mentally wrong with her after extensive tests.

These attention seekers are the reason we actual sufferers are treated as lepers! They complain constantly about how awful their (actually perfect) life is. They call themselves fat when they're a size 6. They post threats of 'suicide' on Facebook and when people respond they react with "It's my life keep your nose out" yet if no one responds they react with "No one cares, I might as well not be here"! You can't win!! 

I find it all quite frustrating given that some of us actually DO suffer with depression and various mental illnesses and we still get overlooked. 

Depression and other mental disorders are 'glorified' these days! There are many "celebrities" who have (or claim to have) some sort of mental illness or another and 'survive' due to the medication they're given!! 

You'd think that these 'role models' would sooner look for alternative answers to set some sort of example to youngsters today rather than getting all 'hopped up' on prescription drugs!

There's a post that often does the rounds on Facebook "BUT YOU DON'T LOOK SICK???! - It's a daily struggle feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside. Please put this as your status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has an invisible illness!" This is SO true. It IS hard feeling sick on the inside but looking fine on the outside. Especially when you've had so many years of trying to hide it.

Some day we'll break the taboo on mental illnesses and people won't recoil in horror when you tell them. Some day it'll be ok to feel sick on the inside and look fine on the outside.

Keep Smiling :(:


  1. I run into many people that seem to be dead set on the idea that its all in my head. That all i have to do is change my mindset, think it away, and all will be fine. Or the "it's ok, i think everyone deals with a little of that in their life." But, so does that make my situation magically okay now? Does the "little bit" take over their world covering everything in a goo of dark matter?

  2. Awesome blog...:-)


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