GP antidepressant prescribing for the young up

A rise in GP prescribing of inappropriate antidepressants for young people is cause for concern, researchers say.

Use of psychotropic medications for 16-24-year-olds rose by 32% between 2009 and 2015, mostly for antidepressants such as escitalopram and sertraline, according to a study of more than 9000 Victorian patients.

Researchers from Monash University said their findings raised questions about some GP’s choice of antidepressants, given that only