British doctors are increasingly prescribing anti-depressants to children, a new trend which has been linked to cases of self-harm and suicide among minors.
The data obtained by BBC’s File on 4 showed that doctors had prescribed more anti-depressants to children in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland over the past three years.
In England, there was a 15 percent rise. Scotland saw a 10 percent increase. And in Northern Ireland the number rose by 6 percent.
The BBC said the steepest increase was seen in the youngest patients, those aged 12 and under.
The data is related to the prescription of powerful antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Experts say the rise in the use of anti-depressants for children, which should only under close supervision, is mainly due to long waits for specialist mental health services.
Authorities claim drugs have been prescribed based on some guidelines. However, some…