The numbers are staggering. Antidepressant use is escalating rapidly. As a culture we are turning to medication for all that ails us. And we’re teaching our kids to do the same. Consider a recent study that found that 11% of Americans over the age of 12 years are taking an antidepressant, many for symptoms other than depression. This represents a 400% increase from 2005-2008.
Fully 25% of all women between the ages of 44-59 are using antidepressant medications. Worse yet, we spend $10 billion annually on these medications. With approximately 300 million people in the US, that means 33 million people are taking antidepressants spending at least $300 per year per person.
Are we really that depressed or is something else going on?
Antidepressants used by 11% of Americans ages 12 and older.
Antidepressants in primary care: is this any way to treat depression?