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Can ‘happy pills’ make you sad? The truth about antidepressants… from the patients who rely on them [Video]

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IT is a billion dollar question, do so-called “happy pills” work?

The value of the global antidepressant market in 2022 was £13BILLION.

The value of the global antidepressant market in 2022 was £13BILLIONCredit: Shutterstock
Dr Alex George credits his sertraline pills with pulling him through after the loss of his younger brother to suicide in 2020

By 2032, experts say it will be £28BILLION.

Depression is an awful condition.

It destroys relationships, consumes lives and, in the most severe cases, it ends lives.

Like all mental health issues, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to relieving symptoms, which range from feelings of emptiness and despair to numbness or tearfulness.

And global research has shown there has been a significant rise in cases over the last three decades.

In England, the Office for National Statistics found 16 per cent of adults were affected in 2022, higher than pre-pandemic levels of ten per cent.

Millions say antidepressants are their saving grace, yet for …

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