More than 6million people in England use antidepressants as record number turn ...

More than 6million people in England use antidepressants as record number turn to pills during Covid lockdown, new figures show

By Antony Thrower For Mailonline

Published: 12:53 GMT, 2 January 2021 | Updated: 12:58 GMT, 2 January 2021

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A record-breaking six million people in England have been prescribed antidepressants as lockdown life continues to impact everyday life in the country.

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The high number is believed to have been partly caused by counselling moving online meaning some will have missed out on early help with their mental health.

Others are thought to have stayed away from therapy in an attempt to avoid meeting in person or putting more strain on the overworked NHS.

As a result more than six million people, more than ever before, were prescribed antidepressant meds in the three months leading to last September, according to the Guardian.

More than six million people were prescribed antidepressant medication in the three months leading to last September (file picture)

More than six million people were prescribed antidepressant medication in the three months leading to last September (file picture)

Dr Esther Cohen-Tovée, chair of the British Psychological Society's division of clinical psychology, said psychological help can save lives.

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