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. code pink

    see with the group of four . one has to be on the state payroll for mental patients. It is the LAW. Nooses are scarry.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. dr. code pink

    now there is another issue that some of you may or may not know.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. dr. code pink

    it is involved with the guard or lack of and certain people that have guns are young and very stupid sorry but 18 or20 years punks with guns know nothing and your stupid ass bosses no nothing and you have no class.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. dr. code pink

    now you stupid ass punk pig. I am trying to help peopl off one of the most dangerous FDA approved drugs in history. you ar a useless stinkin punk with a gun and a bagde. so like you have a vaccine you stupid moron me too uselss stupid moron.

    so punk with gun and works for government you better get yourself to med school because really big stuff is coming oh bozo
    look at the new building in hunt valley (cough,cough,cough)

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

    liitle punk pig what did your boss say was my problem you know in his or her great all knowing stupid mind. what was my problem.

    i will tell you I have brain damage you stupid moron from Effexor from a doctor who lives exactly 2 miles north of me so punk pig killer of sick people works for the government go ask her what effexor does she told me she has 77 people on it around here.

    FBI John P. O'Neill ghost talks to me.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. dr. code pink

    this is the problem with 18 or20 years old with guns who work for the government. See the old police who were old in age walked me to the ambulance no big deal.

    I was with a very brillaint and smart US Navy Captain and these punk ass coast guard things almost killed them with stress for no reason. we were on a sailboat oh yea they hate sailboats.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. dr. code pink

    i use to do tons of math so i predict that 77 people around here patients of a certain female doctor are going to end up in the hospital or they are dead.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dr. code pink

    all the drama is over. some kind of stuff going on. such little league crap.

    i usee to hang out in the trench in the Atlantic with a really cool balistic sub

    October 20, 2017 at 00:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. dr. code pink

    they had their periscope thingee real close it was.

    October 20, 2017 at 00:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. dr. code pink

    so for about a month or who knows i was looking for some people in the Woods. after sheppard pratt hospital. so nobody was there. so i was really burned out lost 40 lbs. in a month and 4 old police people came to the house to help me. i was on the porch and mentally destroyed. i could not talk. so they walked me to the ambulance and did not hurt me and a fell asleep for a long time. they had done something to me so i could not sleep from sheppard pratt. that place is really bad. but i don't know anything.

    had i said i wanted to go to St. Joseph i would have nothing to talk baout and less brain damage.

    ok like i know something about sheppard it is really , really , really bad.

    St. Joseph does not have that crap.

    sheppard some really bad stuff is going to get you and that great and wonderful Sharfstein smiling on that cover of that magazine. I think I met him Mr. Human Rights.

    oh those nazis please it gets really ols but when you do it you are all the same ....nazi ,nazi,nazi yea ok I am a palestinean protanrts anglo saxon sort catholic pagan

    October 20, 2017 at 00:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. dr. code pink

    i like to wear all kinds of religious stuff to prove that my religion is better than yours.

    that group big time at sheppard puke ville i really don't like it here. i really can not stand mos of the doctor crap and the religious crap all the stupid and borring and no fun stupid way this place is now. it is dead.

    October 20, 2017 at 01:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. hey oinkers

    hey piggy listen i use to sail on the Chesapeake Bay. That is where lots of water is . ok pigge I knew lots of US Navy people important with big huge brains. Now your average piggy here can barely go anywhere on a boat by themselves with out an engine.

    I use to sail around by myself and run a Life Boat gig watching over all the weekend warriors on their stinkin boats.

    power and sail. I would play life guard for fun I had all kinds of life saving stuff and things . i don't need your crap or your ambulance .

    never again.

    October 20, 2017 at 01:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. hey oinkers

    so piggy i will see you tomorrow. boo

    better get that vaccine checked out that they gave you in boot camp. oh it's "classified". oh there are no conspiracies.

    October 20, 2017 at 01:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. hey cripples

    i am trying to make you laugh so laugh at me. i came home from a sheppard session and i sat for like month pointing at my head. i would sit pointing to the same spot that hurt. like for a month just sit and point. had no job it was desrtroyed because of those games the billionaires play. and i would just sit same side of brain when i originally went into GBMC and what I think i a CAt scann it kept going meow (just kidding) it was a gizmo probably was not calibrated right. or bozo the doctor had never used it before. He had the talk though but when it was over the black dude seamed younger not the same black doctor ok was i in GBMC for a year in the ER?

    they gave me a movie in outer space to watch like of the end of the world freaked me out.

    October 20, 2017 at 01:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. hey cripples

    like gbmc er doctor what is your game?

    2009 Black Doctor (so he claims) what is your game at gbmc ok do you HATE white people like you Too Much Coffee game

    The Boards when doctor take the board.

    GBMC 2009 april 15 sort of Black ER doctor and he says Too Much Coffee. hmmmmm Nuremberg

    October 20, 2017 at 01:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. hey cripples

    that is it us cripples are going to stick together all we need are a few good women marines will get rid of these stink in psychatrists.

    October 20, 2017 at 01:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. hey cripples

    could i hav a nail in my head maybe there is something but my doctor said thee is not but he did not do aall the bad stuff.

    October 20, 2017 at 02:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. hey cripples

    listen at GBMC you must say the Code Purple and do livers have enzymes and then say how many and then say is the Witch doctor there and then say I want the Lizard person.

    then say all all the ER doctors in the Top 100 doctors of Baltimore cause you don't want the ones that quack like a duck.

    tell them the chipmunk from old tumor head Dr. Christopher huge Cell phone tumor says hi.

    October 20, 2017 at 02:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. hey cripples

    GBMC ER doctor . you pompous bozos want to go take a board with me i will destroy you in a nano second I was Pre Med from Tulane I will crush you.

    seriously pick one ER doctor i will win.

    October 20, 2017 at 02:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    so the ER i was in at GBMC was not the regular one I think because there was this big stupid looking white sheriff dude really stupid looking and ignorant. so i sat ther with a big huge headache i think i was thinking what the hell are looking at youstupid pig.

    October 20, 2017 at 02:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    but it is gone I think the pretty little lights on the ceiling in the waiting room are gone. i have no idea what any of this doctor cover-up stuff proves. oh you can jerk around somebody half dead from effexor and blame it on coffee actually i think the coffee kept the effexor from really wrecking stuff because i always drank a fair bit.

    see effexor is a nazi work pill derivative used to make workers work and not eat and not be depressed until you dye on the work floor. gee may uncle fought all this stuff so some essner new york K*** could reintroduce it in america how lovely.

    christian you really need to learn some stuff really you do .

    October 20, 2017 at 02:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    see there are 2 types of germans real and desert ones from the south.

    they should not be near each other period game over.

    October 20, 2017 at 02:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    now the asians and the north germans are very similar.

    October 20, 2017 at 02:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    so what does all the tricks and cons stuff prove. ok you take a half dead effexor person and what fool me that you moved me around the hospital. what oh you cover-up for the GP doctor a friend.

    no iwas in that room but you took me somewhere like a movie or i watched a movie about some war game stuff i do not have that on computer but the computer did weird crap before hospital i can't remeber that is weird though because this is about effexor and Dr. bozo the clown said coffee.

    ok doctor at gbmc works for Pzizer ok that might be true see i don't want to be here at all.

    October 20, 2017 at 02:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Dr. Big Huge Problem

    i am going to a really fun place with one hospital and the doctors are nice and everybody has fun and brains and fun stuff this place is FU***************.

    October 20, 2017 at 02:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Dr. B Franklin

    some founding fathers had many children. i may have some very bad sons. 2 of my sons with guns well one shot "daddy".
    bad son. call me FATHER
    Frank wisner old cia Mockingbird the warrior -priest. sheppard pratt.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Dr. B Franklin

    now a wasc is a white anglo saxon catholic

    October 20, 2017 at 07:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Dr. B Franklin

    now my three sons has a pilot son.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Dr. B Franklin

    they have signs on 83 and the beltway that say code silver lok for some car every car has a delta 5 chip in it. like what bs is that.

    it never ends oh that was 2 lights by sea.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Dr. B Franklin

    what is up in the glass temple down the road are you all scarred in there behind 50 machine guns. what happens when you l;eave

    oh we should not go there remeber 9/11 the guard sure went to work on 9/12.

    scarred to death

    October 20, 2017 at 07:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Dr. B Franklin

    i use to laugh at you in your huge stone castle behind 100 machine guns pathetic i was in tower next door with one useless guard from some foreign country.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Dr. B Franklin

    oh west point call annapolis and just take over who cares . we need a NEW Guard not the same old crap scarred rich people.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Dr. B Franklin

    i love Marine General Smedley Butler we need people like that now he could talk.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Dr. B Franklin

    we have this middle east problem place sucking the LIFE blood out of the USA. it is time for operation

    Johnny U ( flea -flicker) flick the flea off the Golden Lab America

    October 20, 2017 at 07:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Dr. B Franklin

    is jesus mom the Crossed Eyed Mary in the song by jethro Tull

    October 20, 2017 at 07:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Dr. B Franklin

    oh no a UFO may have crashed near by.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Dr. B Franklin

    are you an illegal alien or a legal one I have to investigate.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Dr. B Franklin

    he want to talk to the Tomb of the Unknown cat and want's bones for DNA stuff ( i think)

    October 20, 2017 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Dr. B Franklin

    oh he wants that One bad son of mine that came to my front door with all those guns.

    hey I told him the Cupcake food dye people will get rid of him who cares, sorry dude the FDA rules.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Dr. B Franklin

    my oinker son listen one day a huge dog is gonna bite you or a chipmunk or a RAVEN or a wasp or a bee they are by relatives in apast life.

    maybe a squirrel dude the GOD of the universe dude he will get you trust me the other son at the door you may be safe for now.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Dr. B Franklin

    lets remember 2 white pigs may be my illegitamite sons since I may be a Founding Father. you 2 really could be my offspring
    that is a good music group.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Dr. B Franklin

    now the Founding Fathers said ( oh they are so evil now in all the stupid teachers mind with all the morons in the USA they said

    way ahead of TIME like light years those stinkin white founding fathers said NATURE"S GOD .

    October 20, 2017 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Dr. B Franklin

    yoor bible says what

    October 20, 2017 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Dr. B Franklin

    It is the END of Time really it is Nature's God and phyiscs and engineer and math oh and the Bible yea sure it will work sure will.

    October 20, 2017 at 07:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Dr. B Franklin

    bing or google maps satellite which is more Up To Date very import at the Hunt Valley issue (cough,cough,cough) oh it is too late

    October 20, 2017 at 08:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Dr. B Franklin

    hey calling all oinker in Baltimore county you had better get to EDGEWOOD oh too late

    October 20, 2017 at 08:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Dr. B Franklin

    yes sir sir sir sir yes sir sir Carbon busted on the gas mask sorry dude

    October 20, 2017 at 08:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Dr. B Franklin

    east coats swing time get the attacks subs ready

    October 20, 2017 at 08:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Dr. B Franklin

    atlantic coast Otter Pack like a wolf pack but funny

    October 20, 2017 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Dr. B Franklin

    the USS allenbaugh old number 19.

    for the win

    October 20, 2017 at 08:35 | Report abuse | Reply
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