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More than 1 in 10 in U.S. take antidepressants
October 19th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

More than 1 in 10 in U.S. take antidepressants

Eleven percent of Americans over age 12 take antidepressants according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control.  The study, compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, looked at data from 2005 to 2008.  Among the other key findings:

  • Women are two-and-a-half times more likely to take antidepressants than men.
  • People over 40 are more likely to take antidepressants than younger people.
  • Non-Hispanic whites are more likely to take antidepressants than minorities.

But it was another finding that surprised lead study author, Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control.  Only one-third of people with severe depression take antidepressants.  "That means many people with severe depression are not getting treated," says Pratt.

Still the rate of antidepressant use has skyrocketed nearly 400% in the United States since the late 1980s when the first SSRI's went on the market.  "There is lots of evidence that the rates of depression have doubled from the late 1990s to the late 2000s," says Dr. Charles Raison, CNNHealth.com's mental health expert and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.  Raison says that while the precise reasons for the uptick in depression are unclear,  there is evidence to suggest poor diets and lack of aerobic exercise may play a pivotal role.  "We know obesity is a risk factor for depression," says Raison.  He also points to studies that suggest eating processed food and social isolation can lead to depression.

Experts say this study also shows more people are taking their mental health more seriously and that the stigma surrounding treating diseases like depression is going away.  "If life is like walking on a tightrope, antidepressants are like a net," he says.  "They really work when you are taking them."


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  1. Debt free Puerto Rico

    Hopefully what is left us effexorated will try to get you people totally debt fee and politician that blocks us we Will flee flicker them and punt them east to a far away place forever so the great purge will begin. really it is coming.

    Then Puerto Rico will have Big Beautiful Submarine Base called Allenbaugh Allies.

    I never knew we had such grosss and rude and vile politicians that would put you people in debt on purpose while bailing out their friends in new york city oh and that other place where they are from all their ancestors or whatever.

    September 25, 2017 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Debt free Puerto Rico

    we did not know that a handful of disgusting (americans) would punish you people with debt that can be cured very simply.
    hopefully that will change.

    September 25, 2017 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Debt free Puerto Rico

    if you get hooked on anti-depressants you will not be happy.

    September 26, 2017 at 04:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Debt free Puerto Rico

    many doctors have turned into evil vile greedy little pigs.

    September 26, 2017 at 04:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Debt free Puerto Rico

    Remember doctors are under a different legal set-up even so that even the slightest ele (elevated liver enzyme) issue would be
    necessary for the patient to know.

    September 26, 2017 at 04:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Debt free Puerto Rico

    the doctor would be obliged to test pill in office and immediately know if pill is safe for you. any other way spells death for patient. the useless bad doctors are exterminated and new better and smarter doctors are brought in.

    September 26, 2017 at 04:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Debt free Puerto Rico

    the ritual bath and the cleansing and the white robes of the knight templars will meet the other white robes in the desert and the world will be cleansed in purity.

    September 26, 2017 at 04:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Debt free Puerto Rico

    oh yea there is a thyroid issue as well. plus on the withdrawal things might get dicey. maybe i should have gone back to the hospital but the doctors are so clueless i pretended i was on aboat and just went with it. I mean it was fricking scarey with the throwing upp and stuff like unbelievable like never before in my life . but then it was over. remember they put huge amounts of pills back in me at sheppard pratt which i took myself off of after effexor i mean huge amounts of all kinds of crap.

    icame home and rea about all that crap pills and said no way as i had lived 45 years without pills so like i don't want pills.
    like i will unpill myself thanks to the useless doctors for pilling me. plus i started to make up all kinds of remedies fish oil
    and some booze and some vitamins i threw it in a glass and drank it.

    September 26, 2017 at 04:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Debt free Puerto Rico

    i am sure the makers of Effexor will tell just exactly what is in it since they are such great and super rich and wonderful americans and since soldiers and sailors die protecting them and since some time they (the super rich pill makers) are on the high sea in the middle of the ocean or are cruising like they would be happy to tell a soldier or a sailor what exactly they "put" into that Effexor that millions of americans take everyday.

    September 26, 2017 at 05:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. american indians versus book thumpers

    one thing the that is somewhere that was written oh yea 'nature's god" not that god thing of the stinkin bible. what a useless piece of crap.

    America full of indians a pure and clean place no pollution and crap no bad food and no bad air and nothing but pure chemical free stuff.

    Then comes that bible disgusting thing and america is ruined and maybe the world forever.

    now the american indian knew intuitively the connection to nature through totem poles as that was an absolute obvious thing without some uesless think tank like they did not need to read what a useless thing.

    for example Maryland is about a million times different than 300 years ago if not more like huge mutations in the dna base
    have occurred. it is really freaky if you think about it. like stuff never seen before anywhere in the world not to mention the constant war machine that keeps the stuff in the air.

    September 26, 2017 at 06:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. american indians versus book thumpers

    in maryland and in baltimore county and probably harford county digging too deep probably can expose you to stuff from the 1950's because all kinds of crap was tested around here like you know all the war stuff for korea and vietnam and all kinds of really cool war chemicals and gases and all kinds of crap probably flew around mutating stuff that is thestuff the Illuminati does
    so like an east wind from a certain place and all kinds of crap can happen.

    that is why there are 2 hospitals in towson first there was one St. joseph then GBMC then a little ride over to sheppard pratt. Remember in america the illuminati and the Government do things to huge amounts of people. The super rich know where the "safe" places are and they go there before things "happen" because they know ahead of time.

    Operation artichoke and Operation Bluebird in the 1950s huge air experiments. Much like the uss Liberty beautiful day.

    September 26, 2017 at 06:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. american indians versus book thumpers

    so american indian and no bible . America survives forever barring a meteror. Now here comes the bible and what has happenen to the place tons of chemicals and pollution and mutations and destroyed dna chains . Now enter Effexor a way to completely destroy certain dna stuff of certain people. A extremely huge fat useless jew and his greed may destroy 17 million people. the would be par for the course.

    September 26, 2017 at 06:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. american indians versus book thumpers

    now the founding fathers seamed to understand and rectify the probelm by inserting "nature's god" but it may have been overlooked or too late as europe was dumping tons of well problems here.

    September 26, 2017 at 06:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. american indians versus book thumpers

    there is some super secret knowledge in Towson, Maryland, USA either at sheppard pratt (not a hospital) or at Gbmc

    September 26, 2017 at 06:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. american indians versus book thumpers

    now the doctors start playing games with me in the er. i heard them say stuff. ithen go through some weird crap and feel all better. like i can go home and i am all better the doctor says it was too much coffee. i say ok. then out of the blue he tosses me into sheppard pratt. and i am extremely sick from the pills in 2 days can not talk.

    not withstanding i go from a room to sleep to a room with lots of pink stuffed animals and like 4 men in regular clothes starring at me in a frickin hospital. this is how sheppard pratt makes money.

    like i did not end up in a room full of beautifl women doctors with stuffed animals

    September 26, 2017 at 06:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. american indians versus book thumpers

    now had i gone to St. Joseph which is .75 mile away it would have been totally different experience. For some reason.
    That is why I can not recommend to anyone in the world which hopsital is better ther is some really freaky stuff going on here
    in Towson , Md. very bizarre.

    September 26, 2017 at 07:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. american indians versus book thumpers

    oh but a volunteer fireman already kinda heard about the strange er gbmc has a "secret" one with a BIG sherrif dude before you get treatment you must say the code words while you have a huge headache like some bizarre freemason ritual stuff

    September 26, 2017 at 07:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. american indians versus book thumpers

    i said something to a volunteer firefighter about GBMC and this strange Emergency Room and he said he had heard of it and it has a name.

    September 26, 2017 at 07:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. american indians versus book thumpers

    Now when you enter St. Jospeh they do not have that place but they place you in another bad place but i can not remember
    again they give you tons of pills and stuff and all kinds of needle stuff and infusions of crap. But then you wake up nd you get
    to do art work.
    i really can't remember how many hospitals they through me into for awhile. You must not take effexor never take that stuff.

    September 26, 2017 at 07:24 | Report abuse | Reply
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