Election, recession and anxiety

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Well, we all know the election is fast approaching and that there has been a lot of finger pointing about the state of the economy, and what we have to look forward to. But without getting into all the details of who is to blame, it is clear that have been a tough few years because of the recession. Whether you or someone in your family has lost a job, suffered a pay freeze or pay cut, or just been exposed to all the negative media around the recession – this can all make anxiety build up.

In fact, a recent story in the Telegraph, has detailed how valium prescriptions have soared during the recession. Prescriptions of Valium, the highly addictive pill for stress and anxiety disorders, have risen by more than 11 per cent in three years. Doctors have expressed alarm that the drug diazepam, commonly known as Valium, is now being dispensed almost 5 million times a year in England.

NHS figures show that in the first nine months of 2009, more than 3.6 million prescriptions were written for diazepam in England – an 11 per cent rise on the 3.25 million dispensed in 2006, and an increase of 17 per cent in a decade. If the trend continues, it will amount to more than 4.8 million prescriptions issued in 2009, according to the NHS Prescription Pricing Authority.

So, if you are suffering from anxiety or depression, you may want to talk to your GP about access to psychological therapies, rather than drugs, but the availability of counselling does vary widely across the country and waiting lists can be long. The Royal College of General Practitioners said GPs should be referring those suffering from anxiety for counselling, not drugs as they could result in a lifelong addiction.

Here at the Mind Clinic we completely agree that counselling should be used instead of drugs, and we have a drug reduction programme where medication is already being used. We offer counselling so you can use the power of your own mind to overcome any complications of your own life.

So as the election battle reaches its finale, and we all get caught up in all the election fever, you might also want to spend some time thinking about yourself. And how you can help yourself if you have been affected by the recession. Hope that helps!

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