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
  20. dr. pill killer

    any doctor that gives a patient an ssri is not a doctor. Nobody should have their serotonin uptake inhibited. go up to any doctor and ask them if they want their serotonin uptake inhibited and they should say no. so that means what exactly. pure clean logic
    not even getting into calculus which really shows what a joke a pill doctor is.

    so where is the guard in all this?
    in my case the sheppard pratt extensive drugguing and machine stuff made things 10 times worse than at GBMC ER next
    door. so what did all this crap prove a couple of coniving slimey doctors can cover-up for eachother. like a little conspiracy
    so they don't get caught or is big pharma paying them a couple hundred thousand dollars or just a couple of gift cards.

    I do not know I was not the only one in sheppard pratt.

    September 26, 2017 at 22:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. dr. pill killer

    if you need to get off these pills you may need a helper if by yourself read as much as you can you can ask a doctor but
    that is a strange logic issue.

    I experimented with several things around the house. Fish oil and rum ( not a good choice) better white wine and vitamins.
    if nerve damage has been done it may hard to correct i.e. the nerve connections may never be the same it is kind of complicated.

    that is why they are not real doctors sorry impossible get their stinkin licenses and hang them all.

    September 26, 2017 at 23:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. dr. pill killer

    Effexor being an SNRI is much worse than an ssri. while probably having more (fake energy) it really destroys the brain and movement issues that will take time to fix. for example you may feel like walking backwards. not kidding if you were a sports person and somehow you end up on this crap you may become weak but not at first it is extremely complicated it seams as if you have more energy but you don't. that is what makes this drug extremely bad. you may have more walking energy but not running energy. Effexor is an illusion now he is the pill doctor destroyer

    ok if the doctor says 150 mg you say would more pill amount or less pill amount be better for you. the patient wins the psychiatrist gets closer to the tree.

    September 26, 2017 at 23:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. dr. pill killer

    the super duper rich are preparing for the the huge soap making event that is coming to america. they have huge yachts ready and very secret government planes and secret islandsand many lear jets all government so they can go to the secret places.
    then they will bring in the C-130s and then the soap maker. First they will enlarge everything so better soap can me made.

    Antidepressant pills are the first phase. The illuminati are very smart and amazing but very scarry. at the corner of a certain road in Hunt valley all kinds of building took place to cover -up stuff. I have a picture somewhere.

    September 27, 2017 at 07:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. dr. pill killer

    when they get into nasno-particle stuff it is basically all over most Normal and civilized countries do not play with that stuff
    but in america No can not be said because you just can't tell certain f****** people here no.

    September 27, 2017 at 07:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. dr. pill killer

    Now exactly due North of Ft. McHenry you will notice a Marina. Built in 1993 more or less.
    get a chart out like today at the US Naval Academy and go and say what –

    it might interfere with things important.

    September 27, 2017 at 07:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. dr. pill killer

    Us Attack sub will now be called Dr. say Who

    the other will be called Dr. Say What

    that should do it . you will win

    September 27, 2017 at 07:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. dr. pill killer

    there are 2 places not touching america or the usa ----------puerto rico is 10 trilliontimes more important and won't back stab you like that other place east of it.

    Go allenbaugh forever

    September 27, 2017 at 07:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. dr. Flea flicker

    yes if you notice the Nautical Map of the Inner Harbor of Baltimore exactly due north plus or minus datum 1984 2.33or 55.225

    degrees there is a HUGE BIG Marina that juts why out and causes issues. It was built in the 1990's and has been an international place for fereign people to come to and set-up shop..... so to speak.
    oh I guess the cia was a sleep.

    September 27, 2017 at 08:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. dr. Flea flicker

    ok it might be exactly 2.587 degrees plus or minus 1.368 degrees north of th Ft. Mchenry flag pole. i had a boat pointed at it
    one time check the gps thingee.

    September 27, 2017 at 08:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Genetic Pill warfare survivor

    Around here in Towson, md. the doctors play lots of games with patients for some reason. Mine started with my family doctor and Effexor and ended up in about 10 hospitals. With one nurse saying to a doctor "send don't send" then I believ there were
    at least 5 more people there but not sure this was at GBMC. Then I was sent to Sheppard Pratt so they could terminate me but I some how lived , I think I was suppose to die off at GBMC i believe I came very close. I remmeber laying under some pretty lights in the waiting room but they are gone now at GBMC.

    Sheppard Pratt has always been a very bad place and they do really bad stuff to "mental" patients nobody guards the little people there it is horrible. The Sheppard Pratt hospital is one of the dirtiest places in the hospital scene it is located in the dirty Ellicott city area very third world disgusting stinking hospital with a certain type of doctors.

    October 14, 2017 at 03:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Genetic Pill warfare survivor

    The Ellicott City Sheppard Pratt hospital the sneaky one they sent me to that was horribly out of the way ( the crew at the Towson Sheppard Pratt Hospital was playing games to protect the Big Man on his Cover shot on a magazine. So I was sent to that vile disgusting place with horrible disgusting people in it and vile smelly doctors of a weird birth origin like not my kind I ain't from that bible crap my relatives are from the north.

    At the time they could jerk me around because I was so drugged up i did not know what was going on plus they will not allow any contact with lawyers at all.

    October 14, 2017 at 04:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Genetic Pill warfare survivor

    I am still a cripple from all the pills mostly it is not to visible but sometimes you can see I am a cripple it is a weird sleep issue.
    All Effexor survivors have different little brain issues some have healed some may never. Luckily the parkinson worry has seamed to go away for now.

    Like a exactly what was the FDA thinking except for the obvious , but from your doctor how scary.

    October 14, 2017 at 04:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Genetic Pill warfare survivor

    Also they may be trying to get Asian people to take these Effexor pills . You must not take them. Effexor may be even worse for Asian people.

    And you must stay away from Sheppard Pratt hospital it is very bad , they really do stuff to people in there. There is no guard at all.

    October 14, 2017 at 04:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Genetic Pill warfare survivor


    So you have this really Big Time and super important know it all Manic Huge Ego doctors.

    Ok Mr. Big Time had med issues in Towson, maryland, USA. Does he got to St. Joseph Hospital psych ward and if he get sick is already in a hosiptal or Sheppard Pratt and has to go back and forth to GBMC.

    Major Med School question.

    October 14, 2017 at 04:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Genetic Pill warfare survivor

    oh yea and another game these disgusting useless and worthless no good rotten doctors do to you here is like give you other pills when you are already having pill problems but again you can not call a lawyer to meregency your self to another hopital maybe in another state or something when this cover-up machine gets rolling around here.

    October 14, 2017 at 04:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Dr. Ima quaker

    If you find yourself this holiday season or anyother time Towson, Md. you must stay far away from Sheppard Pratt Hospital if you have mental problems go to St. Joseph but you may have to honor some statue which is in the bible a graven sin or you can ask for the statue of the golden retriever that talks and sings jethro Tull songs.

    October 18, 2017 at 06:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    oh no,

    Me really sick me a patient me want good health care me in Sheppard Pratt me sick me now have to go back to GBMC me have to go back and forth.

    Oh me in St. Joseph me much safer don't have to get in ambulance to do stuff.

    Oh no big cover-up crap .

    October 18, 2017 at 07:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    like is this pathetic grown doctors playing this crap.

    October 18, 2017 at 07:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    In the Nuremburg Trials Doctors hung from gallows. When a Psychiatrist gives somebody Geodon and they twitch from it
    should the Psychiatrist get the gallows like the olden days.

    October 18, 2017 at 07:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    Higher rate of survival

    St. Joseph Hospital or Sheppard Pratt Hospital?

    or neither need to go to much better stuff.

    October 18, 2017 at 07:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    I can tell you so many games that vile disgusting not even a hospital Sheppard Pratt plays and go look at their web site all dressed up phonie cons. Their day is coming because the Internationals are coming.

    October 18, 2017 at 08:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. dr. Flea flicker (johnny U) and Allenbaugh

    sometimes you really can not fix stupid. Had I no health insurance I would not know of Effexor or been in at least 10 hospitals.

    so what is all the boo hoo on tv about.

    Health Insurance ten times to hospital

    No health insurance me not a cripple with all kinds of issues not to mention the BIG encounter.... for the International crowd.

    this place Towson is a third world distaster ethically. really like their are no doctor ethics here really pathetic as far as

    psychiatristis go and the stint heart doctor.

    October 18, 2017 at 19:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. dr. Flea flicker (johnny U) and Allenbaugh

    oh how are the patients liver enzymes doing at this second at Sheppard Pratt oh the Intentist is at GBMC next door oh.

    takes a couple of minutes. oh

    I use to race sailboats.

    October 18, 2017 at 20:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Dr. Opps there it is

    There is a hospital in North Baltimore City. It is very bad. They put people they think are mental in the plastic box room. there
    is no health care there go and see it is next to the ER.

    this is a warning to everyone. If they think you are mental they kill you. However most of the stupid ass middle class that think they know stuff have had the vaccine.

    October 18, 2017 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Dr. Opps there it is

    you know that stupid ass middle class know it all bogus TV people and there bogus doctor friends and useless medics that group IQ 100 maybe 105.

    October 18, 2017 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Dr. Opps there it is

    billionaires have satellites and cool things in space.

    October 18, 2017 at 22:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Dr. Opps there it is

    so you stand no chair and your liver rots and hurts from the treatment at sheppard pratt. this hospital is Union memorial with such good religious people in it. go look for yourself . it is next to the ER. A room made of plastic the ER doctor said he could not help me . I was placed there by way of a Paddy Wagon ( John P. O' Neill) forever.


    October 18, 2017 at 22:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Dr. Opps there it is

    your government really stinks it really does.

    October 18, 2017 at 22:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Dr. Opps there it is

    So i am in this Box room and I am actually talking to an ER doctor and I said could you check me out my liver and he said no.
    I was in the psych ward box. I never had my liver checked i did give blood once or twice but to no avail again i was denied by the psychiatrist and the internist. that was union memorial hospital in baltimore City.

    health care are you kidding could not find a doctor that knew anything.

    October 18, 2017 at 23:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. dr. they are coming for you

    so you are dpressed ok go to Outback and get a steak and taklk to a great and nice server and everybody is happy or go to a nasty coniving mean useless eating vile psychiatrist and take effexor and your liver will get sick.

    you have 2 choices.

    October 18, 2017 at 23:37 | Report abuse | Reply
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