Misleading in the Barmer GEK drug part report?

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"Depression League" refers to misleading wording in the "Barmer GEK Arzneimittelreport 2012"

From a wealth of differentiated information, which the Barmer GEK Arzneimittelreport 2012 contains over 200 pages, the information that women receive more psychopharmaceuticals than men is currently generated as a headline in numerous media. In addition, antidepressants and tranquilizers are mentioned in one breath and there is talk about their high dependency potential.

The German Depression League would like to comment on this: “In contrast to many sedatives, antidepressants have no addictive potential. It is wrong and misleading to mention these two drug groups at the same time in connection with addiction, because it can prevent people suffering from depression from taking the medication suitable for them. In addition, further prejudices against the often helpful or even life-saving medication for mental illnesses are fueled.

Withdrawal phenomena that can occur with antidepressants - and especially with the group of so-called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - should not be confused with withdrawal symptoms. Physical sensations can develop, especially when suddenly or prematurely discontinued. Occasionally, phenomena such as impaired perception and irritability are also observed, and a relapse of the disease can also occur.

The reasons why women receive more psychotropic drugs than men are not given sufficiently. It can be seen that women are more likely to talk about mental problems than men, which makes diagnosis of a mental illness easier. In addition, men often have other “valves” for mental health problems, for example, alcohol abuse is higher than that of women. Ultimately, men also need more medication than women in other areas, including cardiovascular diseases.

The report from the Barmer GEK also suggests that there are role stereotypes in the prescription behavior of doctors. Quote: 'Women are more likely to be associated with psychologically related diseases and stress, men with somatic diseases'. (pm)

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