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Use of Antidepressants Jumped Almost 400 Percent in Last 20 Years

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The use of antidepressants has jumped almost 400 percent in the last 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antidepressants are the third most common prescription drug in America, taken by 11 percent of those ages 12 and older.

HealthDay reports antidepressants are the most frequently used drug among people ages 18 to 44. About one-third of people with severe depression take antidepressant medication. The CDC notes more than 60 percent of Americans who take an antidepressant have done so for at least two years. Almost 14 percent have taken the medication for at least 10 years.

Less than one-third of those taking one antidepressant, and less than half of those taking more than one, had consulted a mental health professional in the last year, according to the CDC report, which is based on a survey of Americans conducted between 2005 and 2008. Women are 2.5 times more likely than men to take an antidepressant. Use of the drugs is more common among whites than among blacks or Mexican Americans.

About 8 percent of Americans without current symptoms of depression took the drugs. They may be taking them for reasons other than depression, or the drugs may be working well enough so a person no longer has symptoms of depression, the article notes.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Marcia / October 23, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Right on!! Not much more to say, except nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. It’s what balances neurotransmitters. Anyone should know, the human body cannot make use of synthetic anything. It’s why we have a 400% increase in mental health problems. We eat packaged, processed, “dead” food grown in minerals-depleted soil and laced with toxins. Our meat and dairy supply is even worse. The water is terrible and has detectable levels of pesticides, antibiotics and purifying chemicals. And that’s on a good day. We have not enough sleep, not enough sun exposure, not enough fresh air, not enough exercise and too much sugar, too much salt, too much alcohol, too many preservatives, too many fast food runs. And when it all falls apart, we add insult to injury with psychotropic drugs. This is nothing if not a recipe for sheer madness in every respect. Here are a couple more great sites on psych drugs ~ bonkersinstitute and cchr (both, dot org)

  2. notwhatyouthink / October 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Antidepressants are probably the biggest medication and money making scam ever perpetrated on the American and world public. But don’t take my word for it, go to You Tube and watch ” Making a Killing: The untold story of Psychotropic drugging” This is a documentary where scores of well known Doctors, psychiatrist, researchers, scientist, drug reps, and host of others tell an interesting story.

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