Prescriptions for antidepressant rise 10% in Queensland | ABC News

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There has been a sharp increase in antidepressant use in Queensland with doctors reporting more people needing extra support to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has shown the use of the most commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs increased by 10 per cent between January and May this year.

The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, known as SSRI drugs, were dispensed at Queensland pharmacies more than 378,000 times over the five months — an extra 34,000 boxes of tablets compared to the same period last year.

Michael Clements from the Australian Medical Association of Queensland said that data was reflective of what GPs saw in the community.

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