Doctors are giving a record number of antidepressants to children between the ages of five and 16 who have been prescribed a quarter of their prescriptions in the past year.
Experts say that social media is destroying the happiness of children while school pressure, family problems and physical image disturb the youth.
NHS figures show that in 2020, about 23,232,000 anti-depressant prescriptions were given, up from 222,000 a year earlier.
About 90 to 90 percent are over 11 years old, but there has also been a 20 percent increase in prescriptions for primary students.
Child psychotherapist Katherine Nibbs said: “Antidepressants are becoming more common in child clients.
“My clients talk about family issues, school pressures, peer pressure regarding gender and sexual identity and body image, some of which can be attributed to the time when they compare themselves to others online. Are. “
Chris Martin of The Mix, a youth welfare organization, added: “We know that using unhealthy social media can contribute to poor mental health.”
According to the NHS, the use of pills for children has increased by 22% in the last five years.
Some prescriptions may be for physical ailments but most are given to help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
NHS policy does not recommend antidepressants for children in most cases because they can increase the risk of self-harm and suicidal thoughts – therapy is treatment.
Tom Maders, director of the Charity Young Minds campaign, said: “Antidepressants can play a role in supporting the mental health of some young people, but it is important to consider them as an alternative to faster access to communication therapy. Not seen, especially for young children. “
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