Antidepressants are used to treat clinical depression or prevent it recurring. Some medications classified as antidepressants are also used for non-mental health purposes such as to treat bedwetting in young children and to support pain management.
This data provides a breakdown of the prescribing of antidepressants by age group for the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17. It is based on NHSBSA data.
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Provides a count of the number of antidepressant prescription items and the number of patients who received antidepressants by age for the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17. Summarises key points and provides a little context.
Also provides caveats and assumptions which relate to the data.
Provides a datafile containing the number of antidepressant prescription items by age for the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17.