Summarise and discuss the presentations of the mental health in the two newspaper articles given at the end of the tma.
The newspaper articles reviewed, representing opposing views with regards to mental health. Will be discussed and summarised further within this essay, in relation to current issues and knowledge of depression. David Batty has presented facts and figures relating to prescription costs, costs to the public and employers with reference to time off work. Prescriptions for antidepressants, such as Prozac, have increased from 34m to 43.4m in just one year. Consequently there is an increase of 9.4m reported cases of people taking antidepressants in just a year, according to the NHS information centre. (need fer ) Batty’s article advises depression is costing the economy nearly 11bn a year through lost earnings, NHS care and drug prescriptions. Also research carried out by the House of Commons found the overall cost to the NHS of treating the illness is £520m a year. However Batty gives no personal comments or thoughts on the subject, but presents only the bare facts, to highlight the reality of the situation. Batty states ‘depression exists’ and medication is necessary for certain people. MIND has helped contribute to Batty’s article, for instance the statement on antidepressants ‘can be a life line for some ,and enable them to carry on with life’. (ref article here) Whereas Street-Porter gives her opposing view, on how she comprehends depression and antidepressants. This newspaper article highlights the concept of depression being perceived as a middle class/rich society illness. Street=Porter states ‘poor people just get on with life and have no time to question how they feel as they do not have much to begin with and having no support to recognise symptoms of depression’. (ref article here) Street Porter is not saying there is no illness of the mind, she recognises post-traumatic stress syndrome and post-natal depression, but states it’s currently fashionable for middle class women to suffer with depression. However on studying the two articles, it’s apparent that depression can hit any class of people, the rich and famous may use depression as a plat-form,(to what) whereas the average person would rather not shout about it from the roof tops. Also the average person may be put off from going to the doctors and talking about their mental health, for fear losing their jobs, and family pressure. (ref article here) Batty wrote a factual piece, giving the reader information about the cost of depression on the government and to the community, through things like the loss of earnings, increase in prescriptions and suicides. Batty refers to information from Jo Swinson who stated that failure to tackle depression hurts us all. Depression can and does make a people very unhappy, costing the NHS in both time and money. Batty states the problem is getting worse, not better and in 2007-2008 to 2010-11 the number of prescriptions rose by over 9m, according to the NHS. The North West had the highest antidepressant use in 2010-11, with 7.2m prescriptions dispensed. This could be due to more people going to the doctor and being diagnosed and treated for depression, drugs, can help by altering the brains pain levels, and emotional thoughts, by changing the neurons pathways. The brain will then view life differently,. (ref article/book here ) Street-Porter suggests depression can be defined as ‘a rich person’s illnesses’, hence the rich, famous and trendy feel it is fashionable to suffer from depression. (ref article here) although they have enormous amount of material goods, more assistance and are less likely to work, they seem to suffer more stress/depression and make it known. Maybe depression/stress isn’t labelled quiet the same as it would be for the office worker, that may lose their job through the stigma of depression on their records. Janet comments that stars like Emma Thompson and authors like...
References: JO SWINSON
PAUL FARMER,CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY MIND
Chapter three,Frederick Toates,understanding drug treatments,a biopsychosocial approach,2010
David Piligrim chapter two,2010,and page 33,Focus on depression and anxiety
This assignment was thought provoking about how depression effects us , how for some medication is a life line,.I looked at people in my life , what they may be going through,and to scarred to talk to anyone .
I found it hard not to be brain washed with street porter
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