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New Zealands' use of antidepressants increases but not helpful: study – Xinhua


WELLINGTON, November 9 (Xinhua) – Anti-depressive pacing rate continues to increase in New Zealand, but there is no sign of improving people's mental health, according to a study published on Friday.

According to the study conducted by Otago University published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, 2015, about 13 percent of New Zealand's 15-year-olds and older prescribed antidepressants were.

New Zealand ranks the eighth highest consumer of antidepressants per person in the OECD, showing the statistics.

European women, especially those aged 65 years and older, were the highest users, with one in five recipe recipes, the study showed.

Psychiatry Roger Mulder, one of the researchers in the study, said that antidepressant drugs worked for some, they may not work well for others.

Those with mild symptoms did not seem to benefit greatly from the drugs, Mulder said, adding that the drugs work best for people with "severe recurrent or melancholy depression".

"Giving more and more people antidepressants does not seem to be a good strategy," he said.

Antidepressants cost New Zealand 8.5 million New Zealand (5.7 million US dollars) in June, according to the study.

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