More than 10% of Americans Use Antidepressants

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Greater than 10% of Americans aged above 12 years use an antidepressant, reveals a recent study. The popularity and usage of antidepressants have soared in the past few decades. They were the third-most common medication taken by Americans of any age. In the age group of 18 to 44, antidepressants were the most popular drug, reveals the CDC analysis. The survey questioned greater than 12,000 Americans between 2005 to 2008.

Steep Rise in Usage
The survey found that 11% of Americans aged above 12 take antidepressants. This usage rose about 400% during 2005-2008 compared to 1988-1994. It is believed that antidepressants became more popular and common after the US approved the use of Eli Lilly’s Prozac or fluoxetine drug.

Women and Whites Favor It
Women are much more likely to use antidepressants. And, whites favor the drug more than blacks. 60% of the respondents admitted they had been using antidepressants for more than two years. 14% confessed using them for more than 10 years.

Antidepressants are Versatile
Most users get antidepressants from their general doctor and not from a psychiatrist. Less than 50% of those who took more than one antidepressant, saw a psychiatrist in the year past. Antidepressants are used not just for depression but are also a popular drug for many other problems including post-traumatic stress disorder, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders.

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