Doctors prescribing drugs, rather than counselling
EAST YORKSHIRE: Almost all doctors surveyed in our region admit they are prescribing medication when they believe counselling would be more effective.
New research into mental health found 92 per cent of GPs surveyed in Yorkshire and the Humber have given out drugs when they thought talking therapies would actually be better for the patient.
It is thought doctors turn to a prescription because waiting times for therapy are poor.
The research was conducted by Aviva under the Health of the Nation survey.
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The report also found patients are worried their mental health would deteriorate if they had a lengthy wait for therapy.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, 75 per cent of GPs reported long waiting times for "talking therapies", such as group or one-to-one counselling.
Half of doctors said they had seen an increase in the number of patients with a mental health condition.