As the global economic recession settles in for a long winter (down under), the word comes that the prescriptions for anti-depressants in New Zealand has almost doubled compared to the numbers in 2002. 1.2 million prescriptions were written in 2008 compared to 700,000 in 2002.

While recession appears to be a major contributor to this rise in prescription, as people struggle to stay on top of their finances and continuing job losses, some experts also believe that a part of the problem is higher awareness of the treatment options. General Practitioners are now more likely to write a prescription for anti-depressant drugs than ever before.

In a global economy, financial malaise spreads fast and brings with it the corresponding misery.