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. dr. they are coming for you

    oh I forgot to tell some of the doctos a though knowledge of calculus will have to be know for you useless SOB to keep a job
    we gonna change the Boards ............................... you know the board I have been through it from effexor and related crap many times THE Board. you know doctor the boards....

    October 18, 2017 at 23:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. dr. they are coming for you

    right before i went into GBMC emergency I was get boarded everyother night it was not fun. has to do with Effexor and stomach acid stuff.

    oh but he said TOO Much Coffee really TOO much coffee. yea ok

    October 18, 2017 at 23:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. to a stinkin little medic

    next time you think you have some right to inject somebody with a needle you better make sure you know what pills they are on. so where did you get the Authority.

    they really do have a gallows for war criminals. don't matter if you are a First responder crap.

    EDGEWOOD (team squirrels)

    October 19, 2017 at 05:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. to a stinkin little medic

    that crap that medic pulled took me 2 weeks to undo. at my house .

    October 19, 2017 at 05:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. to a stinkin little medic

    how many ambulances at front of house?

    October 19, 2017 at 05:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. to a stinkin little medic

    how is that GBMC doctor the one at the special ER what is doing these days . what coffee does he want. let's play old CIA.

    October 19, 2017 at 05:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. to a stinkin little medic

    so at Sheppard Pratt Hospital i was laughning about something after apill was given to me. had to do with dolphins( use to sail way offshore in huge waves going really fast in the middle of the night with just a Brooks and gatehouse hercules computer for max speed breaking the theorecticle hull speed) the little blue sub.

    any way this thing with a needle injected me there are about 5 scarred looking white teenagers there male. this thing was a different color and matched the GBMC doctor. really fun

    October 19, 2017 at 05:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. to a stinkin little medic

    me and the the boat captain pre tested the little blu sub for the US Navy and they ruined it way to go one of the best built boats in the World from new Orleans. yea the US navy destoyed it oh well.

    October 19, 2017 at 05:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. to a stinkin little medic

    so around this time some really bad stuff happened it is recorded somewhere right? or did you cover that up too. it must get old all this cover-up crap.

    how about the Red Dye RD & C 40 the FDA says is safe? sport fans yummy yummy or the Irish green soap maker stuff.

    October 19, 2017 at 05:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. witch hospital

    ok you are depressed do you go to sheppard pratt ot St. joseph and worship some concrete statue of some old weirdo that you have no connection to.

    well actually you find the special indian reservation that will be set up soon and have a true medicine man or woman take care of stuff like Nature's God in the Declarartion of Independence those old protestnts said.

    gee did they even have effexor chemicals in the bible times and planes and stuff. gee i dunno me sio dumbed down around here . really the whole stinkin place is stupid as hell.

    any way st. jospeh is much safer or it was and it was more fun.

    October 19, 2017 at 06:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. witch hospital

    way out in the ocean we do not have doctors or useless medics or stupid ass nurses.

    ok if you are on a ssri or an snri you can not get some needle with some crap in it. now my family doctor gave me a ssri sample while i was on effexor she knew i was on effexor i did not take the ssri or i might have died. she is a GP in towson like when does it end.

    you can not just willy nilly take a bunch of pills . I have been around this stuff you would never believe that crap they do to people here in Towson, Maryland , USA.

    was on the stern of the Little Blue Sub (usa) honeycomb space age stuff better than carbon fiber.

    October 19, 2017 at 06:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. which hospital

    so you go from GBMC emergency room to Sheppard Pratt hospital about .2 miles away. oh somebody takes your picture with a camera.
    then you wake up and meet with 4 males in a room with lots of pink stuffed animals. like a 50 million dollar hospital and this is what you get.
    GBMC cat scanner stuff and the creepy send don't send what my records?

    to Dr. merle and his three helpers but one is on the state payroll (i think) other 2 plus merle are on the hopsital payroll.
    so i sit in a room no tests are performed feel like crap and mean old merle starts giving me a lot of crap. hey merle in the ocean you be gone dude.

    October 19, 2017 at 06:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. which hospital

    oh and sheppard pratt has those really huge ego useless eater doctors that walk around all pompous like who cares drop dead
    and trip and die off.

    October 19, 2017 at 06:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. which hospital

    i send 527 ravens on you doctors to get you from my witches hut and indian reservation thing.

    October 19, 2017 at 07:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. bad hospital

    sheppard pratt doctors .
    can do calculus just a place full of war criminals so when the Nuremberg 5 come to town stuff is gonna happen.

    October 19, 2017 at 07:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. bad hospital

    the Nuremberg 5 are very elite and super high IQ doctors they can not be fooled. They really do have the right to hang bad psycharitrists. really they do since it is such a phony profession sort of.

    October 19, 2017 at 07:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. bad hospital

    i remember twitching all night at sheppard pratt.

    a psychatist on a nose twitches

    October 19, 2017 at 07:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. bad hospital

    that is a noose it is halloween

    October 19, 2017 at 07:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. bad hospital

    from GBMC into ambulance to Sheppard Pratt hospital seams odd just a little like simple math cover-up crap.

    GBMC is a hospital into ambulance some nurse took a pictiure.

    October 19, 2017 at 08:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. bad hospital

    liver issues so i should stay in GBMC then like intensive care or something clean like GBMC not dirty sheppard pratt.

    October 19, 2017 at 08:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. bad hospital

    hmm there is a game here

    October 19, 2017 at 08:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. dr. back and forth

    Flea flicker stadium next door. ok gbmc then ambulance to sheppard pratt then back to gbmc then back to sheppard pratt.

    ok where is the doctor hiding?

    oh in 2009 the doctor was black at the ER he said Too much Coffee I say what.

    this place is really pathetic it really is.

    October 19, 2017 at 20:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. dr. back and forth

    like i did not go to Medical school an it was the Effexor doctor not the coffee please. try again.

    October 19, 2017 at 20:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. dr. back and forth

    so we got Dr. Merle and the prancers Pink fairy brigagde in a hospital as a Psych doctor proving that gay is otay

    while giving me Depakote and Residol and making me sick as a dog while checking my blood knowing my liver enzymes were high.

    dude you got a Noose baby.

    October 19, 2017 at 20:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. dr. back and forth

    oh merle is white and the next psych doctor was white in a preppy suit maybe a protestant he tried to give Geodon then another doctor did something to a huge black dude and he was crying for 2 hours at Union Memeorial.

    beautiful really great now all you good people thump that bible . that is for this big time know it all big teacher catholic priest talking about ww 2. oh and nazis stuff like at sheppard pratt.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. dr. back and forth

    around towson it stinks to high hell.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. the guard is almost dead

    now get your semiinary asses out of that stinkin bible and find out if any body is being sickened at sheppard pratt hospital and union memeorial ......st . joseph 50/50

    October 19, 2017 at 21:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. the guard is almost dead

    oh i study at the seminary and read crap so do what jesus did and get out and heal God damn it.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. the guard is almost dead

    nice try spy i was expecting it way ahead and way above. what a bore with the jokes around here. average iq here is 95 and that is most of the doctors with med school degrees.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. the guard is almost dead

    allenbaugh was born at st. joseph i think he saved me once in a bad snow ball fight. and i met johnny u.

    flea flicker how is the big momma sub.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. dr. about your polio vaccine

    anyway like is that thing way up high running on the 84 datum or the 2012 datum adjusted map coordinates my gps is off 1 mm
    according to the landmark from 1775 set by geo. washigton at the red tavern.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. dr. about your polio vaccine

    want to do fun stuff . toss your gps over the side of your boat and sail offshore down the east coats in a gale on race boat
    just you and the dolphins and the captain like unbelievable with one computer a hercules system and one guage but is has to come from the best builders.

    now we have effexor from the usa and it j=kills millions of people.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. dr. about your polio vaccine

    like in 1982 we had that loran c stuff. i don't think it worked offshore very well. oh we ahd a compass.

    oh so if your towson, md. you have a choice of 2 hospitals unless the ambulance people pick one.

    I have been in at least 10 ambulances they drive me around sometimes the slow way ( i remebered i faked sleeping) then sometimes i really did immediately passout but gee been up a month.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. dr. about your polio vaccine

    now this is THE Illuminati in action well little baby illuminati but for here it is a little illuminati.. ok some really interesting building is going on , ok now carefully study at least 10 years of real estate moves. in baltimore county north of towson about 10 jmiles or so whatever you can look it up. go to google or bing maps and study.

    now there is some big time and from the 1950's "classfied" stuff i know nothing about. it may have been destoyed but there is a Nike base nearby. Plus you know "test" stuff. you can wiki that.

    October 19, 2017 at 21:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. dr. about your polio vaccine

    so see how all this cover-up stuff keeps going on and on. ok something happened in jacksonville a while back. shhh don't tell
    ok now i am in a store and this neat person tells me something happened at the Nike Base. it never ends because it can't it goes on and on forever. now does this effect somebody somewhere else well it could because of corn but effexor is made where in Pennsylvania. it is horrendous. the corn is probablly ok it is not near nike base, but all the people dying from effexor with their livers dying and they are falling apart like a volunteer fireman i know he is dying .

    October 19, 2017 at 22:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. dr. red pill

    so my originl family doctor lives up the street. she gave me mitripizine or something and trie to kill me. I was effexor with a migraine. I did not take pill for some reason.

    then the black doctor mister don't send something Nurse said send don't send and he said don't send ok about 12 hours late feel better and want to go home . no i gotta go to sheppard pratt and then I get the pills and more pills and i can not talk and drool and then some black thing gives me a needle while a bunch of white teenagers look on.

    October 19, 2017 at 22:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. dr. red pill

    in 2009

    October 19, 2017 at 22:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. dr. red pill

    oh i have 25 people with me at a war crimes tribunal and maybe 10 doctors in this area towson and ellicott city may be hanging from a Noose.

    like at Johnny U field. war criminals on display. psychiatrist useless psychatrists.

    October 19, 2017 at 22:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. dr. blue pill

    so a very high tech gallows. honeycomb and carbon fiber and vetran 4. the rope could be kevlar or spectra or vetran or copolomer 7 fiber with a twist.

    like some jethro Tull music a rock concert war criminal justice session. and lots of people on meds not doing to well but we will fix.

    October 19, 2017 at 22:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. dr. blue pill

    europeans and asians will parish or die off if you take Effexor. you will dissapear. it is made in the usa and somewhere else.

    millions in usa will dye off especially with food dye and effexor and paxil and prozac. and all kinds of ssris. all will dye off

    and turn red or green or blue depending on what food DYE OFF.

    October 19, 2017 at 23:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. dr. blue pill

    oh yea i was gonna help all the morons understand this but the FDA tried to kill me. f you FDA. really go screw yourself all you stinkin taod head half a scientist can't add nothing but a pompouos ego slow talking stupid.

    you know about 5 years ago a set up a better system.

    October 19, 2017 at 23:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. dr. wow

    some really wild stuff is going on it may be "classfied" shh it is near the Tomb of the Unknown cat that healing powers even thouggh it is deadit wispers go save the live people at sheppard pratt don't guard some inknown thing.

    October 19, 2017 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. dr. code pink

    oh no

    October 20, 2017 at 00:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. dr. code pink

    too many gay psych itrists escaped hide your dresses.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. dr. code pink


    October 20, 2017 at 00:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. dr. code pink

    Dr. merle McCann what is up.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. dr. code pink

    hey merle want some Prozac mark 25?

    October 20, 2017 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. dr. code pink

    hey Merle what happen to that one patient you gave what repisdol?

    October 20, 2017 at 00:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. dr. code pink

    hey merle how about depakote on a rotting liver doctor.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. dr. code pink

    One of your group better fess up and save themselves one is not on the hospital payroll he was my guardian angel.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
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