The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yuri Fedotov, said Wednesday that Afghanistan should make drug control a national priority, and the international community
Sales of antidepressants such as Zoloft, Lexapro, or Prozac indicate that depression is the Achilles heel of health systems. But a new study addresses the validity of most of these sales: indeed, it states that 69% of individuals on antidepressants, do not meet the criteria of clinical depression.
These people are just victims of life’s oddities like most of us, with more or less difficult passages.
Moreover, in addition to finding that nearly two-thirds of people on antidepressants do not meet the criteria for depression, researchers also note that 38% of those who take it do so for other psychiatric disorders different from depression. These include panic or obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety, and a number of other mental disorders.
The conclusion of this study, published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry states:
"Conclusions: Many people who have been prescribed antidepressants do not meet the criteria for mental disorders. Our data indicate that antidepressants are commonly used in the absence of clear factual evidence. "
Antidepressant prescriptions have skyrocketed in recent years. In 1998, 11.2 million Americans used these drugs. In 2010, they were 23.3 million.
At the European level, Iceland remains currently first in the table (106 tablets consumed per day per thousand inhabitants, compared to 65 in 2000), followed by Denmark (85), Sweden (79), Portugal (78), the United Kingdom United Kingdom (71), Finland (70), Belgium (70), Spain (64), Norway (58) and Luxembourg (51).
According to the OECD report, "Increasing the intensity and duration of treatments are among the factors that may account for the overall rise in antidepressant consumption. "
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