Using happiness to save the NHS £271,440 (gross figure) by local GPs not prescribing anti-depressant tablets for 12 months to 120 persons?
Getting into the ‘Happiness Zone’- setting goals for success! Prepared by Gil Pennant
Antidepressants cost NHS £5.5m a week.
Symptoms of Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - from end of autumn and throughout winter -
a persistent low mood
a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
Symptoms of Depression - from spring, summer and early autumn - can include:
feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness
losing interest in the things you used to enjoy
feeling very tearful
Substance abuse e.g. alcohol, drugs etc..
Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety and or stress.
There can be physical symptoms too:-
feeling constantly tired
having no appetite or sex drive
various aches and pains
Source: NHS choices
Prescriptions for 64.7m items of antidepressants were dispensed in England in 2016, the most recent annual data from NHS Digital showed. That was 3.7m more than the 61m items dispensed during 2015.
It also represents a massive 108.5% increase on the 31m antidepressants which pharmacies
dispensed in 2006.
There are no figures for how many people are being given antidepressants, though, as NHS
Digital do not record that. The 64.7m items were used to treat depressive illness, generalised
anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks, NHS Digital said.
The 64.7m items dispensed in 2016 cost the NHS £4.12 each on average, or £266.6m of its
overall £9.2bn annual spend on medication of all types. However, that is less than the £291.5m
the drugs cost in 2006, because antidepressants have more than halved in cost from the £9.39
items typically cost a decade ago.
Antidepressants are usually taken in tablet form. Depending on the type of antidepressant
prescribed and the severity of the depression, a person usually has to take one to three tablets
It's usually recommended that a course of antidepressants lasts at least six months, to prevent
the condition recurring when a person stops. However, if a person has experienced previous
episodes of depression, a two-year course may be recommended and some people with
recurrent illness are advised to carry on taking medication indefinitely.
Some of the most commonly prescribed modern antidepressants include SSRIs — such as
Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa and Paxil — and SNRIs — such as Pristiq, Cumbalta and Effexor.
The programme is a happiness, motivational wellbeing and resilient goal setting course, which
includes trainings and can be followed with one-to-one support sessions. The programme will
give each person a Lifetime Happiness Plan, which will empower the participants for life.
Outcomes for attendees:
ü Improved access to stronger social networks
ü Improved wellbeing
ü Individual and/or group goals
ü Stake in the community
ü Not to take Antidepressants for the 6 months duration of the course; and beyond
Benefits for participants
ü An action plan for a specific period of time in the future
ü Responsibility for own success or failure
ü Defined real life actions separated from just wishful thinking
ü Encouragement to set priorities, therefore limit the time to get involved with
ü distracting things
ü A path to follow
ü Help to visualise and plan actions to achieve goals and the steps to carry them out
ü A sense of past victories of goals accomplished and motivation to succeed in current
ü and future goals
ü Improved self-image
ü Awareness of personal strengths
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