CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years – USA Today – By Janice Lloyd – (Thursday, October 20, 2011) –

by drsjbecker on October 27, 2011

Use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988, making the medication the most frequently used by people ages 18-44, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. 

Eleven percent of Americans ages 12 years and older took antidepressants during the 2005-08 study period, the authors write. They add that though the majority of antidepressants were taken to treat depression, the drugs also can be used for anxiety disorders and other conditions.


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