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The number of antidepressants given to patients has doubled over the last decade, new figures show. Between 2005 and 2015 the number of the drugs prescribed and dispensed in England rose from 29.4 million to 61 million. Meanwhile the latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)…
Most available antidepressants do not help children and teenagers with serious mental health problems and some may be unsafe, experts have warned. A review of clinical trial evidence found that of 14 antidepressant drugs only one, fluoxetine - marketed as Prozac - was better than a "dummy" placebo at relieving…
A new blood test could be a first step towards personalised treatment for depression, say scientists. The test accurately predicts whether or not patients will respond to common antidepressant drugs. Around half of people with depression are not helped by "first-line" antidepressants and a third are resistant to all available…
Relatives and close friends of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder are being invited to take part in a new initiative to help support them online. The REACT (Relative Education and Coping Toolkit) online trial is run by researchers, clinicians and relatives from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancaster University,…
In a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester researchers have examined the initial trial of a smartphone application designed to help people manage their problems. The ‘Catch It’ app uses some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and well-being, and specifically Cognitive Behavioural…
Suffering from emotional problems in adolescence is an important risk factor for future joblessness, irrespective of socio-economic background, according to a new report by academics at the University of Stirling. The research, which examined the employment patterns of over 7,000 Americans over a 12 year period, found clear evidence that…
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have pledged to make the issue of mental health their priority and raise awareness to help tackle the problem. William and Kate voiced their feelings during a day spent highlighting the work of charities and individuals supporting those with suicidal thoughts. When the royal…
Northern Ireland has been let down by failure to tackle the mental trauma of the Troubles, Tony Blair's former head of communications Alastair Campbell said. The rate of illness is a quarter higher following decades of violence but the level of investment a quarter lower than in other parts of…
Almost a third of pregnant women suffer strong feelings of depression and anxiety, according to a new survey. The poll found that many are struggling with signs of antenatal depression - depression in pregnancy - but are afraid to tell their doctor or midwife. NHS data suggests up to 15%…
A new study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London provides the first clinical evidence on the toll human trafficking has on mental health, including high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, amongst a patient population in South London. Human…
People with schizophrenia are left unable to work and struggle with relationships because they do not get the right support, a charity has said. A survey of more than 1,000 people with the condition and their carers found long delays in accessing talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT),…
Common antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of young people committing violent crimes. A Swedish study found that taking the drugs, known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs,) raised the likelihood of someone aged 15 to 24 being convicted for an act of violence by 43%. No significant…
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