Are We Really That Depressed: Increased Antidepressant Use

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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?

Reference Articles:

Antidepressants used by 11% of Americans ages 12 and older.

Antidepressants in primary care: is this any way to treat depression?


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  1. Good question! It seems to me we’re experiencing the effects of too few extended family and personal connections and too little “down time” due to too many responsibilities and demands on our time. Yes, we may truly feel depressed, but taking pills doesn’t address the real problem.

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