A study published in the British Medical journal (BMJ) has found that anti-depression drugs are no more effective than counselling.
The rate of prescription drugs tackling depression has doubled in the last 10 years with “57.1 million prescriptions dispensed in 2014. Yet in my experience the amount of counselling services have dropped in recent years due to, as many of them say ‘ lack of funding.’
The report states that sometimes, people have to take the anti-depression drugs instead of counselling because of “limited access to counselling, where there are often long waiting lists”.
With more and more people requiring mental health services, why is it that funding has been cut for services that many people suffering with depression want and need. The Professor of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, states that the highest rates of recovery are from those having both together.
It seems that we are letting down the people in need of mental health services when, in fact, the need for mental health services is rising.