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Depression rates fall in Scotland but antidepressant prescriptions still rise


New figures show that despite a drop in the number of people seeking help for depression the number of prescriptions being written for anti-depressant drugs continues to increase.

According to reports in the Scottish media at the end of last week new figures show that the number of people seeing their doctor specifically about depression dropped significantly between 2002 and 2005.

The figures show that In 2002-2003, for every 1000 trips that women took to the doctor, 84 were due to depression. By 2005-2006 the number had dropped considerably to 65. During the same period the rate for men also dropped, from 37 to 30.

At the same time a report by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS), a health board established to oversee improvements in the NHS, shows that the number of prescribed daily doses of anti-depressant drugs had shot up from 19 to 85 per 1000 between 1992 and 2006.

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