Mental illness is a terrible affliction; and I publish this chart with enormous trepidation.
Nevertheless, I find the massive increase in anti-depressant prescriptions alarming. Since 1991, it has increased by 275 percent. In 2007, doctors wrote 33 million prescriptions. That is around than one tube of pills for every two residents.
Why has the use of anti-depressants increased? Is that we are so much more unhappy now than 20 years ago? Or is it we were miserable then but Doctors couldn't or wouldn't help?