Drug use could be reduced if young people could be offered the best psychological treatment, "says Peter Salmi, a researcher at the National Health Council.
In 2006, 15 recipes per 1,000 people became tranquilizers and antifungal medicines for children and adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years old, writes Dagens Medicin. In 2017, this figure more than doubled in more than 37 prescriptions, according to data from the National Health Council.
The increase is a direct consequence of the increased diagnosis of mental health among children and young people, according to Peter Salmi.
Then drug therapy is also higher. It also applies to antidepressant drugs, he says.
Lack of psychologists
But more likely psychological treatment, such as KBT therapy, will be offered.
The recommendation in our national guidelines is that psychological treatment is preferable when it comes to mild and moderate cases of depression and anxiety disorder, says Peter Salmi.
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Now healthcare centers are beginning to employ psychologists, but you may think it is still a shortcoming. A wider group of young people should be offered psychological treatment, he says.
Among the drugs printed on young people are both addictive preparations, such as benzodiazepines, and non-addictive preparations such as hydroxyzine, according to the National Health and Welfare Board.
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It is above all the non-addictive preparations that have grown.
Benzodiazepines are more likely to decrease among children and adolescents. It is still positive and an important aspect in general, says Peter Salmi.
The growing mental health of children and young people can have several explanations. For example, today there is increased acceptance in society to seek help in mental health problems.
Young people today may be more likely to talk about problems, that is, there was a dark figure that is now discovered. But our interpretation is that there is also a real increase in this, which also affects a broad group of young people, "says Peter Salmi.