West Clare Psychiatrist Calls For Further Research On Anti-Depressant Drugs

A West Clare Psychiatrist believes the HSE needs to carry out further research into the over prescription of anti-depressant drugs in some parts of the country.

A new analysis has found that the number of patients on publicly funded drug schemes being prescribed these drugs jumped by 18% between 2012 and 2017, with the doses of these medications increasing by 28% during that period.

The problem is more acute in urban areas with high levels of poverty and depression, while the rates for Clare is among the lowest in the country.


Spanish Point Dr John Hillary, who is the President of the Irish College of Psychiatrists says we shouldn’t look at these figures through rose tinted glasses: