Friday, March 26, 2004

From the Globe and Mail:
Depression fastest-growing diagnosis, report says
Nearly 350,000 visits by young Canadians to family physicians last year resulted in recommendations that they take antidepressant drugs that are not clinically indicated for people under 20 and that research suggests may actually increase their likelihood of suicide.

The figures come from a report released yesterday by IMS Health that listed depression as the fastest-growing diagnosis at doctors' offices across Canada. Canadians with the illness received more than seven million recommendations from doctors in 2003 to treat the problem with drugs.

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