Anti-Depressant Increase Among Women

The Swedish National Institute of Public Health says that the use of anti-depressants has increased among women, both in Sweden and other parts of the world.

The increase is largely among older and middle-aged women. Eleven percent of Swedish women between 45 and 64 are on anti-depressants, compared to 6 percent among men of the same age.

While some experts have expressed concern about the situation, the chairwoman of the Swedish Psychiatric Association says the increase is because doctors are better at diagnosis and the medicines are better, and with fewer side-effects. Plus, she says, more women than men suffer from depression.

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