Prescriptions for antidepressants rose after the Brexit referendum, researchers have found.
They compared prescriptions for antidepressants, as well as iron and anti-gout drugs – chosen because they were unlikely to be linked to depression, across England in the month of July for every year between 2011 and 2016.
Prescriptions for each drug rose every year, which would be expected due to the ageing and growing population and rise in obesity.
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But for antidepressants, when compared with the other drugs, there was a spike in July 2016 – the month after the referendum on June 23, the experts from King’s College London and Harvard University in the US found. They said antidepressant prescriptions rose 13 per cent higher than the other drugs.
The researchers believe this increase was at least partially caused by ‘increased uncertainty for some parts of the population’.