Study Finds A Hike In Antidepressant Use After Brexit Voting

Study Finds A Hike In Antidepressant Use After Brexit Voting

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A new study finds the number of antidepressants prescribed in England increased after the U.K. voted to exit the EU (European Union) in 2016. The scientists think that this might be owing to uncertainty related to the future of the U.K. and asserts that more health services should be made available.

But expertise also believes that wider strictness in the country might be a primary factor. Scientists at Harvard University and King’s College London wanted to analyze whether the Brexit voted on June 23, 2016, had any impact on the mental well-being of people in England. But, the previous studies looked at major social events and economic uncertainties impacting people’s mental well-being and health. The researchers looked at prescription data monthly for each July from 2011 to 2016 for all 326 voting regions across England. They evaluated antidepressant prescriptions and correlated them with prescriptions for drugs healing conditions not likely to be affected by uncertainty or depression, like gout, thyroid problems, and iron deficiency. Both groups found an increase every year prior to the referendum. According to a recently published study in BMJ, antidepressant prescriptions maintained to rise by 13.4% after the vote—at a slower rate than before—while other drugs prescription was decreased.

Recently, Harvard University was also in news for ending its fiscal year with an operating surplus of $196 Million. After facing pressures from an uneven higher education industry, Harvard University still finished the 2018 fiscal year with a $196 Million operating surplus, which is $82 Million more than last year, according to the university’s annual financial report. Thomas J. Hollister—Harvard’s Vice President for Finance—and Paul J. Finnegan—Harvard’s Treasurer—stated that the university’s financial presentation in 2018 was solid. The duo further asserted that generating a surplus is beneficial as it “will add a small cover to reserves for getting ready for an inevitable financial downturn; specifically in light of the present broaden economic expansion.