The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Medication fears


Half of youngsters given drugs to address mental health problems said they felt “frightened” when they were prescribed the medicine, a poll suggests.

Forty nine percent of those aged 13 to 25 said they were concerned when given drugs.

Half said they were “dissatisfi­ed” about the informatio­n provided about possible side effects, the survey of 250 youngsters who had experience of mental health medication found.

The poll comes as a new online tool is launched by charity YoungMinds to try to demystify informatio­n about mental health medication.

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