According to a 2017 OECD report, roughly one in ten Australians use antidepressants. The same report found antidepressant use in Australia doubled between 2000 and 2015.
These statistics give Australians the distinction of being the second-highest users of antidepressants in the world, coming in behind only Iceland.
It is a trend that has internationally renowned depression expert Dr Michael Yapko concerned. The US clinical psychologist, who has over 40 years of experience in researching the treatment of depression, is delivering two free public lectures in Melbourne this week, supported by the Australian Psychological Society.