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In response to the study, Rachel Boyd, Information Manager at Mind, said:
“What people find helpful in managing their mental health will vary from person to person - whether this is medication, talking therapies, making lifestyle changes such as taking exercise, or a mixture of these. It’s important to say that, while antidepressants can be effective for some, they are not the solution for everyone and are not recommended as a first-line treatment for mild depression. Anyone considering taking antidepressants should be made aware of the possible side effects they might experience and should have their treatment reviewed regularly.
“Antidepressant prescriptions have been rising steadily for many years. It’s essential that we understand the reasons behind this continued rise including how many people are taking antidepressants, for how long, and whether they are being offered other treatments and therapies alongside. Giving people a choice of treatments is key, whether that’s drugs, talking therapies, alternatives such as arts therapy or exercise, or a combination of some or all of these. Someone managing their mental health problems should be treated as a whole person and they should be able to access whatever treatment, or combination of treatments, works best for them.”