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Antidepressants aren’t always the answer

by: | December 16, 2016

What if we told you that antidepressants made for the largest spend in the drug portfolio of a leading Canadian insurer? And of those patients prescribed antidepressants by their doctors, a whopping 85% of them didn’t actually take (or continue to take) their medications?

First you might wonder why these questions even concern you.

Well, if you’re the owner of a small- to medium-sized business considering an employee benefits plan—or if you already have one in place—consider this:

When your employees make claims for benefits they aren’t actually using, this ends up costing you big bucks. Yes, you.

So what can we do about it?

Unfortunately, we can’t walk into doctor’s offices and ask them to stop over-prescribing antidepressants. (Because, in many cases, they do. In one study, less than 30% of participants receiving treatment were actually screened for depression. Yikes!)

But as employers, we can start proactively doing what we can to help prevent things like burn-out, for example, and hope that this results in fewer of our staff getting prescribed a drug for a mental health issue they may not even have.

Antidepressants are often necessary for people who truly suffer from depression. But if your employees are simply feeling blue, there may be other ways to fix it. So why not start with prevention?

Read the full article: Is society too quick to turn to antidepressants?

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