Antidepressants raise its popularity, upon human health

Sunday, June 7, 2009

According to AIHW "Australian Institute of Health and Welfare" report, the use of antidepressants is rising to become a usual habit among millions of people. Particularly, among the Australian people.
This report has mainly achieved these points:
• Between January 2000 and june 2007 The number of antidepressants prescriptions increased 2.2 % per year.
• The use of antipsychotics increased just in a year about 6.8 per cent while this increase was 4.6 per cent for antidepressants.
• Where in 2000-01 doctors prescribed about 9.8 million antidepressants while this figure reached 12.3 million in 2005-06.
• Just in a single year use of antipsychotic increased from 1.3 million scripts to 1.8 million.
• More people in Tasmania and South Australia were seeking for mental health medication while the use of mental health medication was comparatively lower in the Northern Territory and the Australia Capital Territory.
• One in two Australians seeking help each year.
Facts, looming out of this report paint quite a gloomy picture of Australians’ mental health. However, it is worth mentioning that this is not for the first time when upsetting picture of Australians’ mental health has come to the fore, because earlier too experts have pointed that Australia’s mental health system is in distress. And if we look at this problem in wider term then we can say that the issue of worsening mental health is worrying not only the Australians but the entire globe.
people’s dependence on antidepressants is skyrocketing not only in Australia but also around the world. This is a harsh reality that hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by mental, behavioral, neurological and substance use disorders.
And due to this very reason a majority of such people stoop for using these antidepressants, which is quite a bad thing because there are many side effects that antidepressants have been linked to.
Following is the list of those side effects:
• Headache
• Nausea
• Gastrointestinal disturbance/diarrhea
• Abdominal pain
• Inability to achieve an erection
• Constipation
• Sedation (can interfere with driving or operating machinery)
• Sleep disruption
• Weight gain
• Inability to achieve an orgasm (men and women)
• Loss of libido
• Agitation
• Dry mouth
• Urinary retention
• Blurred vision


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