Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Positive step for mental health

With Prozac now showing up in the nation's water supply, there has to be scope for further exploring avenues other than medication.

In many cases of anxiety and depression there is. It's called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

After a remarkably authoritative report from Professor Richard Layard, the government is set to spend £170 million more on "talking treatments" for depression, allowing 900,000 more people to be treated using psychological therapies.

Bearing in mind that more than one million people are currently on incapacity benefit because of mental illness (although of course, not all these are suffering from depression and not all those who are depressed can be effectively treated with therapy), it is clear that this decision comes not a moment too soon - both for the sufferers and for the UK economy.

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