More and more antidepressant prescriptions - numbers doubled in ten years

Antidepressants: number of prescriptions has doubled - women particularly affected

A recent study has shown that prescriptions for antidepressants have doubled in the past ten years. Accordingly, women are particularly severely affected by mental illnesses.

More and more people are taking antidepressants

In the past, research has shown that more and more patients worldwide are taking antidepressants. The use of antidepressants in children has also risen sharply in some countries. In Germany, the number of prescriptions for such drugs has also risen sharply: As can be seen from the latest health report 2018 from Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), working women and men received an average of 13.5 daily doses of medication for depression last year. In 2007 it was only 6.8. According to the information, the drug volume of women with 16.9 daily doses was significantly higher than that of men with 10.6 daily doses.

Mental illness is a common reason for absenteeism

As the cash register writes in a message, the figures on absenteeism also confirm this trend.

In 2017, women lost an average of 3.42 days a year due to mental health problems in the job, compared to 2.11 days for men.

"The report shows that mental illnesses among women are the main reason why they cannot go to work due to illness," said Wiebke Arps, an expert in health reporting at TK.

"In men, mental complaints are the second most common cause of incapacity to work, after diseases of the musculoskeletal system."

Enormous strain at work

The reasons for mental illnesses are varied and individual.

Workplace stress can be a factor that contributes to mental illness. High workload, time pressure, constant availability, limited scope for decision-making and always adapting to new procedures and processes:

All of this can lead to a mental disorder, burnout or depression if there is no balance.

Keep employees healthy in the long term

So that things don't get that far, employers are required to develop solutions that keep employees healthy in the long term. Company health management (BGM) can support this.

"In addition to the classic measures such as healthy workplace design, exercise and relaxation courses, managers are particularly important in corporate health promotion," explains Wiebke Arps.

“Managers have an important role model function. In addition, their leadership behavior contributes to whether employees accept their job and the constant changes as a challenge or experience it as overwhelming, ”said the expert. (ad)

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