The number of Kivis administered to antidepressants continues to increase, but researchers admit that there is no evidence suggesting that they are improving mental health or reducing suicide.
Study of Otago University published in New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday he studied the trends of prescribing antidepressants between 2008 and 2015.
It was found that Europe's largest antidepressant user group, especially those older than 65 years old, was surprised by Professor Roger Mulder, one of the leading researchers.
"I suppose it is because they are more likely to be stressful, but if you look at the epidemiology of depression, it is probably unlikely a group that can get a serious, melancholic depression that is when you say that you need to use antidepressants.
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"What we do is to prescribe more and more, especially for white women, and we have no evidence that this has resulted in a significant reduction in the level of community suffering," Mulder said.
"If anything, it seems that the levels of community accidents have increased and apparently did not result in a reduction in suicide rates, they are about the same."
While recipe numbers increased during the research period, the rate of these increases slowed down, in accordance with the pattern patterns in other similar thinking countries.
"The fact that our measures to protect mental health do not become better is not unusual either. Australia and the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada – there are very similar trends," Mulder said.
"It is suggested that giving people more and more antidepressants may not be the best way to manage what is happening on earth, which no one knows, because we make the community more and more disturbed."
The researchers attributed the increase to various factors, including improved recognition of depression, changes in attitudes of patients and doctors, and the spread of the range of conditions treated with antidepressants.
Mulder, who was placed at the Christchurch University campus in Otago, said the research raised questions about the way recipes were used.
Without evidence to suggest more antidepressant recipes, improved mental health in the community or reduced suicide, the researchers suggested a change in stroke.
"Simply giving more people more antidepressants does not seem to work. Antidepressants have significant side effects and we have limited evidence of long-lasting efficacy," the study says.
"It may be time to reverse the emphasis from" difference in treatment "to" quality gap, "so that the use of antidepressants is optimally targeted to those that are likely to benefit."
Findings show selective serotonin overload inhibitors (SSRIs), which work through an increase in serotonin levels in the brain, make up about half of all antidepressant recipes.
ANTIDEPRESANT PRESCRIPTIONS 2008-2015
- 12.6% of all New Zealanders were prescribed an antidepressant in 2015
- The most probable group was European women aged 65 and over (22.8 percent)
- Prescriptions were increasing in all ethnic groups
- The largest type of drugs are prescribed by SSRI (57% of all antidepressant recipes)
- Women had greater use of antidepressants than men in all age groups
Source: Nev Zealand Medical Journal