Soaring numbers of children are being prescribed antidepressants, a study has found.

The number of children being given the drugs increased by more than 50 per cent between 2005 and 2012, researchers discovered.

Usage in Britain fell in 2004 following a warning antidepressants could lead to suicidal behaviour in young people.

But the new study suggests there has been a resurgence in the UK as well as in the US and across Europe.

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