Prescriptions for antidepressants in England have risen dramatically over the pandemic as referrals to psychological talking therapies plunged.
In 2021/22, an estimated 8.3 million patients received an antidepressant drug, a 6% year-on-year rise from 7.9 million, with nearly half a million more adults in England now taking antidepressants compared with the previous year.
One in six adults and 2% of teenagers in England are now being prescribed the drugs, according to NHS figures.
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