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PICTURE POSED BY MODEL. File photo dated 08/11/07 a woman with her head in her hands as prescriptions for drugs such as antidepressants and sleeping pills have jumped 20% in just three years, new figures show, as it emerged depression is costing the country almost £11 billion a year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 30, 2011. Experts believe the stress of recent years, including the economic turmoil, means more people are experiencing mental health problems. Data from the NHS Information Centre shows antidepressant use alone rose 28% between 2007/08 and 2010/11 in England. Just under 34 million prescriptions were dispensed for antidepressants in 2007/08, rising to 43.4 million in 2010/11. The use of anti-anxiety drugs rose from just over six million to 6.5 million in the same period (an 8% jump), while prescriptions for sleeping pills rose 3% from around 9.9 million to 10.2 million. See PA story HEALTH Prescriptions. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire

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