The number of members who say their GP offered anti-depressants has always been high. We might very often suggest that treating the organic issues - most obviously thyroid issues - would be far more helpful. Now the subject of anti-depressant seems to have been noticed more widely.
Record numbers on 'happy pills'
Psychiatrists warning over soaring use of pills in 'depressed Britain'
Britons are taking anti-depressants in greater quantities than ever before, new figures have disclosed, with a near 25 per cent rise in prescriptions in the last three years alone.
According to official NHS data, more than 53 million prescriptions were handed out for drugs such as Prozac and Seroxat in England last year - a record high, and a rise of 24.6 per cent since 2010.
It means the UK now has the seventh highest prescribing rate for antidepressants in the Western world, with around four million Britons taking them each year - twice as many as a decade ago.
Experts warned that many Britons were becoming hooked on the drugs and suggested that increasing numbers were turning to medication in the wake of the credit crunch to treat anxiety disorders.