Sharp rise in parents seeking anti-depressants for children, doctors say

Telegraph (UK) 17 Nov 06
Parents are pressuring doctors to prescribe anti-depressants for their children when counselling would be more beneficial, a report has concluded. Doctors surveyed said they had seen a sharp rise in the number of teenagers with mental health problems, as well as self-harm and eating disorders, over the past five years. More than a third of GPs said that they felt under pressure from parents to provide a “quick fix” of Prozac or another drug. An even greater number of doctors, 62 per cent, said that they had prescribed drugs in the past because poor NHS services in some areas left them with no alternative.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=BZ4BZTTHSIOQHQFIQMFSFFWAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2006/11/17/uanti117.xml