Date lodged: 15 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on concerns that there is an increased level of prescribing anti-depressants, and what action it will take in this regard.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 7 November 2018
The Scottish Government has worked hard to reduce the stigma faced by people with mental health problems. As this stigma declines we would expect more patients to seek help from their GPs for problems such as depression. People with mental illness should expect the same standard of care as people with physical illness and should receive medication if they need it.
Any prescribing is a clinical decision for a patient’s doctor and there is good evidence that GPs assess and treat depression appropriately. We are also committed to improving access to alternatives, such as psychological therapies, that increase choice and best accommodate patient preference.