Rise of Antidepressants Use: Treating Symptoms instead of Causes?
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics has shown that antidepressant use in the US increased from about 8% in 1999-2002 to 13% in 2011-2014. This disturbing upward trend is seen worldwide. Does this tell us anything about our general mental health or are antidepressants more easily prescribed? Is the world changing rapidly and is it getting harder to keep up the pace of our fast lives? Where will it end? It seems as if we are treating the symptoms and not the causes. In this debate, we look at the pros and cons of the use of antidepressants and try to find an answer to what has led to the rise.
Speakers will be announced on www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/sg
Organised in cooperation with the Public Health Association, UM