HHow many people do you know who take an antidepressant? Or, perhaps more accurately, how many admit to taking one? I bet you can think of at least one friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker, but thanks to the stigma, there will also be many more you don’t know. It’s not the kind of thing most people want to talk about.

At least one in six adults in the UK have been prescribed antidepressants in 2021/22 (8.3 million in England alone, according to the latest estimate), continuing an upward trend that shows no signs of abating. flattening. This is despite advice advocating talking therapies rather than drugs for the more common, milder forms of depression.

Several factors are responsible for the

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