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Did Brexit Vote Lead to Higher Levels of Depression?

Prescriptions for antidepressants increased in England after the referendum that triggered Brexit, in contrast to other classes of drugs where…

Prescriptions for antidepressants increased in England after the referendum that triggered Brexit, in contrast to other classes of drugs where demand was in decline, according to a study.

A research team led by King’s College London (KCL) said the Resultatene var åbne for tolkning, men at den trenden kunne have været fremkaldt af den øgede usikkerhed, som nogle af befolkningsgrupperne i efterfølgeren havde afholdt.

Det Forenede Kongerige stemte for at forlade EU den 23. juni 2016 og førte til en forlænget period of national uncertainty about what the future had in store.

Concerns and Insecurity

“Some people might have been concerned about their jobs, some businesses were threatening to relocate, [and] EU citizens could have been worried about whether they would be allowed to stay,” Sotiris Vandoros, senior lecturer in health economics at KCL, Customs Medscape News UK .

Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health the researchers said the findings pointed to the importance of maintaining a strategy

The study compared official monthly prescribing data for antidepressants for all 326 voting areas in England with other classes of drugs for conditions less likely to be immediately affected by changes in mood. These included drugs to treat iron deficiency anemia, gout and thyroid disease, drugs to lower blood glucose and blood fats, insulin, and muscle relaxants.

Antidepressant prescriptions were selected as an indicator of psychological distress, the researchers explained.

5 Year Prescription Patterns

Prescription patterns were recorded for each July between 201

1 and 2016 to capture prescribing trends up to and

To ensure they could compare the different types of drugs, they calculated a defined daily dose, reached by quantifying the number of milligrams prescribed – derived from the number of pills in a box, multiplied by the strength of each pill.

Analysis of the data showed that before the referendum, defined daily dose for antidepressants rose during the month of July year on year, as did prescriptions for the other classes of drugs. 19659002] However, in the month after the referendum, antidepressant demand continued to rise, albeit at a slower pace, but those for the other drugs fell.

The researchers calculated that after the referendum the volume of antidepressants was increased by 13.4% relative to the other drugs.

The only exception was prescriptions for muscle relaxants, which had already been in decline.

‘Population Distress’

The authors concluded that the “results suggest that the Brexit vote might have had consequences beyond trade changes, immigration or the economy, influencing psychological wellbeing and leading to increased distress in the population.” [19659018] However, they caution that the results were open to interpretation and should be treated with caution. “It does not capture mood for people not on antidepressants,” said Sotiris Vandoros. “We do not suggest that there is any kind of average deterioration of mood in the UK. The majority voted to leave, so probably those people were happy, but that would not be captured in the data.”

However, he said Det var vigtigt at understrege at folk bør tage hensyn til deres psykiske sundhed på samme måde som de tager sig af deres fysiske sundhed.
[19659016] ‘Treat Results With Caution’

Commenting on the study, Allan Young, professor of mood disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience, KCL, said: “While these findings are interesting and eye catching they should be treated with great caution. As the authors note, an observational study such as this can not ascribe cause and effect.

“Antidepressant prescriptions have risen in England consistently over recent years and these data may simply reflect that rather than on e single event. Det bør påpekes at antidepressiva er foreskrevet for å behandle angstlidelser så vel som moodforstyrrelser, og det er troverdig at folk kan være mer engstelige på grunn av den siste usikkerhet i samfunnet.

Philippa Bradnock, information manager at the mental health,

“Nevertheless, the call to support mental health issues should be honed.”

Philippa Bradnock, information manager at the mental health Charity, Mind, said: “The causes of mental health problems like depression and anxiety are complex and vary from person to person, so it’s very difficult to draw conclusions about how one factor might affect our mental health.

” Too often, Men, folk var ikke i stand til å få tilgang til den støtte de trenger, hun sa. “I den siste budgettet var vi lovet £ 2 mrd ekstra for psykisk helse, og det var velkomment, men vi ser dette som mere af en nedbetaling på hvilke behov

] The EU referendum and mental health in The short term: a natural experiment using antidepressant prescriptions in England Vandoros S et al., J Epidemiol Community Health.

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