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Doctors give mental health pills to more than one million 18 to 20-year-olds in a year as the number of young people on antidepressants soars by 20%

More than one million Britons aged 18 to 20 were prescribed antidepressants in the last year, according to worrying new Government figures.  The number taking the medication has soared by 20 per cent in just three years, with one in nine of this age-group taking the drugs to treat mental health problems such as anxiety and bi-polar disorder.  Evidence suggests the medication is effective and safe for the majority of patients, but there is a risk of harmful side effects when coming off the drugs, including suicidal thoughts and extreme anxiety.  Read more.....

 

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