According to BMJ, the prescription of antidepressants rose immediately after the referendum in 2016, which voted for the fact that the UK left the EU
The antidepressant prescribed in England has grown in comparison with other types of drugs immediately after the results of the European Union referendum in June 2016.
This is according to a study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Although this discovery is open to interpretation, this trend could have been caused by increased uncertainty experienced by some sectors of the population, after the vote, the researchers said.
It may be necessary to strengthen mental health at such times, they add.
When the UK voted to leave the EU on June 23, 2016, an unexpected result led to considerable uncertainty about how this would affect the British economy and society, the researchers say.
Evidence suggests that major social events may affect the mental health of the nation, and the researchers wanted to find out if such a vote for Brexit could have a similar effect.
Therefore, they compared official monthly antidepressant prescription data for all 326 polling stations in England with other classes of medications for conditions that are less likely to be affected by mood changes immediately.
The researchers looked at assignment templates specifically for July July for each year from 2011 to 2008, in order to record the results of the referendum immediately and after each of these years to see if there were any noticeable trends.
Analysis of the data showed that before the referendum, daily doses (DDD) were determined for antidepressants during July in July, as well as prescribed insulin and gout, iron deficiency anemia and blood fats and glucose.
Within a month after the referendum, DDD continued to grow for antidepressants, albeit more slowly, but those that were for other drugs fell, having survived a period of growth. The only exceptions were recipes for muscle relaxants, which were already in decline.
The researchers calculated that after the referendum, the amount of prescribed antidepressants increased by 13.4% compared with other classes of drugs studied.
This is an observational study and, as such, cannot establish the cause. Antidepressants are not prescribed to everyone, so it is impossible to understand that the mood has worsened throughout England, and they cannot exclude that the mood has really improved for some people, the researchers emphasize.
“In general, although our findings point to a relative increase in the number of antidepressants defined by DDD per capita, the results should be interpreted with caution, and further research is needed to study whether there is a short-term relationship between the result of the referendum and mental health,” they write.
But they say: “Our research focused on an unexpected event that led to an immediate shock. From a more general point of view, this document shows that shocks at the national level can affect health, and uncertainty and expectations of future consequences can have an effect on health in the short term. ”
And they propose: “A policy that supports mental health should be strengthened during periods of uncertainty.”
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