Children urged to break the habit of taking anti-depressants before they get hooked

Children urged to break the habit of taking anti-depressants before they get hooked

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CHILDREN are being urged to break the habit of taking anti-depressants — before they get hooked.

Rising numbers of under-18s take the prescription drugs to tackle anxiety or pain.

Nearly 110,000 children aged 16 to 18 receive the drugs — up nearly 7,000 on just two years ago, NHS figures show.

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Almost 500,000 prescriptions were handed out to them last year.

The number of under-16s on the medication have risen to 23,205 from 21,599 in 2016.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:  “Evidence shows changing behaviour, increasing exercise and strengthening relationships can do much to improve mental health.”

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