1 in 8 (over 3 million) Australians are on antidepressants – Why is the Lucky Country so miserable?
Dr Martin Whitely, psychwatchaustralia.com, 23 Apr 2019
According to the OECD, in both 2000 and 2015, Australians were the second largest (per-capita) users of antidepressants of the 30 countries for which data was available. Only tiny Iceland (population 340,000), with its frozen, dark, miserable North Atlantic winters, had a higher per-capita antidepressant prescribing rate in either 2000 or 2015.
As detailed in Table 1 below, Australian per-capita prescribing rates have continued to increase since 2015. In the 2018 financial year, over 3 million Australians were prescribed an antidepressant, mainly SSRIs for depression or anxiety.