Prescription of Antidepressants Needs Cut, Says GP

Prescription of Antidepressants Needs Cut, Says GPA report by a Scottish GP, Des Spence, has recently appeared in the BMJ medical journal, which has claimed that anti-depressants are being highly, commonly and needlessly prescribed by doctors.

The Glasgow GP has affirmed that over-prescription of the drugs not only exposes patients to medication, but they also tend to suffer many side effects. Most of the times, the actual reason for their sadness or depressed mood remains inexplicable.

It has been told that above one in every seven people are these days being prescribed the antidepressants. The numbers should be cut as more people likely get their actual problem unnoticed.

According to his belief, depression is not a medical condition simply. It should rather be seen that a person has two weeks of low mood, no matter if there is a change in the conditions that left him feel low. Two weeks following grief should be detected as depression.

"As a generalist prescribing antidepressants daily in primary care, I think we use antidepressants too easily, for too long and that they are effective for few people, if at all", said Dr. Spence.

He said that psychiatrists may get unnerve by his thoughts and comments, but it was their defensiveness for the drugs that led to the legitimate discussion over the drugs' use.