Disturbing trend: family doctors giving out anti-depressants like candy
Natural News— Anti-depressants are the third most commonly prescribed drug in the United States. A study published in the journal Health Affairs analyzes trends between the years 1996-2007 and suggests that many Americans have come to expect mental health care from their family doctor. Ten percent of doctor visits in the U.S. result in a prescription for anti-depressant or medication, not to mention anti-anxiety medication, another popular fix.
Worse, less than half of those millions and millions of people were screened for a mental health disorder. In other words, doctors are giving out these drugs without taking the time to make a diagnosis. This violates one of the fundamentals of medicine: Diagnose before you prescribe.
Do we need to remind doctors that anti-depressants aren’t candy?