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Depression Northern Doctors Prescribe More Antidepressants, Study Reveals

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/04/northern-gps-prescribe-more-antidepressants

Doctors are prescribing antidepressants far more heavily in northern regions of England than in much of the rest of the country, according to data collected by the Guardian, which shows a remarkable north-south divide.

The highest rates of prescribing are in Blackpool, Salford, and Redcar and Cleveland. Prescriptions in those primary care trusts, per 100,000 population, ranged from 133,829 to 120,137 last year. The figures are more than three times higher than the prescription rate in the least medicated PCT, Kensington and Chelsea.

Depression rates are known to be higher in deprived areas, where people struggle with unemployment and poverty. Many of the northern towns also have high levels of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, where depression is also an issue.

But PCTs in London with high levels of socio-economic deprivation are among the lowest areas for prescriptions. In Brent, Ealing, Camden, Hackney and Newham PCTs, prescribing rates are between 35,914 and 44,066 per 100,000.

While the startling variations in prescription rates reflect a complex mixture of circumstances, two major underlying issues emerged during inquiries by the Guardian: the availability of talking therapies and the readiness of GPs to offer them to their patients instead of pills.

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence say talking therapies should be tried for mild to moderate depression. If these do not work, or the patient is seriously depressed, then antidepressants can be prescribed.

Perhaps it's to stop the North from revolting, keep everyone drugged up and happy watching Jeremy Kyle?

Interesting that in the North in the poor areas it's handy out like confetti yet in the South they aren't. I also wonder how many people the drugs are prescribed for actually take it and how many illegally resell the drugs on for income?

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Perhaps it's to stop the North from revolting, keep everyone drugged up and happy watching Jeremy Kyle?

Interesting that in the North in the poor areas it's handy out like confetti yet in the South they aren't. I also wonder how many people the drugs are prescribed for actually take it and how many illegally resell the drugs on for income?

Unless they travel south to sell it makes little difference, surely?

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Perhaps it's to stop the North from revolting, keep everyone drugged up and happy watching Jeremy Kyle?

Interesting that in the North in the poor areas it's handy out like confetti yet in the South they aren't. I also wonder how many people the drugs are prescribed for actually take it and how many illegally resell the drugs on for income?

Don't swallow the methadone, spit it out and sell it on sad.gif

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It's all about budgets - it's cheaper to hand out zombie pills than to properly explore / diagnose the problem and then offer the right solution, which might include counselling (expensive). London has budgets, the north tends not to.

(Which is why we decided to travel from the north to London and walk into an A&E there to get a proper diagnosis for my partner when he reached crisis point - his GP had just stuck him on anti-depressants for a year when it was patently obvious to us that he had psychosis, not depression. Got the diagnosis in London (psychosis), came back north, told the GP, things started moving.)

Obviously, in the long run, it doesn't save money because mis-diagnosis / ineffective treatment tends to lead to long-term dependency on health services.

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