Another way to treat depression

THE value of alternative remedies to anti-depressant pills was underlined this week by a Sheffield-based mental health expert.

Treatments such as ‘talking’ therapy could be better for stressed out, anxious people, said Prof Tim Kendall, consultant psychiatrist for Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

During Depression Awareness Week, he pointed to an increase in the number of pills being given out in parts of the UK.

In Sheffield, 8,000 people were treated last year for anxiety and depression – and half didn’t take pills.

“There’s no doubt that anti-depressants have a long-term effect on the system and many people find it difficult to wean themselves off them. It’s important not to try to do so too quickly and to do it in conjunction with a GP.

“Talking therapies are a great alternative and are more accessible than they have ever been.

“In Sheffield, we now have 75 full-time people working in primary care to treat depression and anxiety, nine times as many as ten years ago.”