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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."


soundoff (405 Responses)
  1. Dr. B Franklin

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    October 20, 2017 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dr. B Franklin

    the uss jimmy carte r whon cares now the USS Allenbaugh sorry jimmy

    October 20, 2017 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Dr. B Franklin

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    October 20, 2017 at 08:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dr. B Franklin

    put a RUSH on the yes THE USS John P. O'neill all green lights roll

    October 20, 2017 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dr. enB Franklin

    Brian wilson in Sheppard Pratt Hospital and Frank Wisner really old CIA

    October 20, 2017 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Dr. ben Franklin

    Bare naked ladies realy really rreally old cia stuff at Sheppard Pratt Hospital here is to that stinkin prep school head of useless quaker carp.

    October 20, 2017 at 08:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dr. ben Franklin

    one of america's oldest lying prep schools to hell with you from Smedley Butler

    October 20, 2017 at 08:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Dr. ben Franklin

    the sand box in the song is where the the Tomb of the Unknown cat is. they guard unknown soldiers.

    October 20, 2017 at 08:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dr. ben Franklin

    west coats need to back off this is a east coat game the 13 colonies with that middle east problem not the arabs.

    October 20, 2017 at 09:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dr. ben Franklin

    we are rolling clocks Daylight Saving time or losing time........

    October 20, 2017 at 09:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dr. ben Franklin

    west point is north and annapolis is south but the arrow points west.....

    oh but north point 1814

    October 20, 2017 at 09:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dr. ben Franklin

    lets play off the Flag Pole at Fort Mchenry real tight precicsion can you do it.

    October 20, 2017 at 09:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Dr. ben Franklin

    West point Sailing team remeber John paul Jones and The Flea flicker Johnny U these are tactics.

    October 20, 2017 at 09:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Dr. ben Franklin

    west point or annapolis do want that flea off your BLOOD.

    October 20, 2017 at 09:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dr. ben Franklin

    the computers are over loading because of the USS Liberty back stab.

    October 20, 2017 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Dr. ben Franklin

    call Grace Hopper she can do it.

    October 20, 2017 at 09:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Dr. ben Franklin

    now West Point Sailing team raise center board .25 degrees mast back 2 mm directly dead up stream. invert the boundary layer

    and win and listen to the RIGHT music.

    October 20, 2017 at 09:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Dr. ben Franklin

    oh check your water density it may be different from other area you sail. i use to race at Tulane (not to well)

    October 20, 2017 at 09:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Dr. ben Franklin

    oh could do something about this stink hospital called sheppard pratt hospitalthey do all kind of crap to people like right now.
    all the good people play stupid. very corrupt at at Towson, maryland , USA. war criminal stuff

    October 20, 2017 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Dr. ben Franklin

    like if your 20 years old and take effexor you die in acouple of months. I was much older and heavy and stuff so i did not die

    or food dye off as fast.

    October 20, 2017 at 09:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Dr. ben Franklin

    west point and annapolis has a bag of M & Ms ok think about the great Dye off. ok check a map Illuminati Hunt Valley the corner of Ver Zion meets the dye people.

    i am a war observer

    October 20, 2017 at 10:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Dr. ben Franklin

    edgewood go to sleep scarred y cats

    October 20, 2017 at 10:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Dr. ben Franklin

    oh my super fast spy satellite got stolen oh wow gee wiz i can spy on stuff but somebody stole it.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Dr. ben Franklin

    so go to google maps and bing maps satellite maps ther are different. i new an us army air force colonel once. big time pilot
    top gun type. flew the big stuff not a fairy fly boy with an ejector seat so when his crap break he bails out and the little people die like in Middle River with clouds of really bad death smoke i was on the Bay that day. stealth fighter crashes. typical

    October 20, 2017 at 10:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Dr. ben Franklin

    check the detector at Edgewood that day.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Dr. ben Franklin

    fairy fgly boy pilot lock your ejector seat or stay grounded the stuff is getting real and tired got to fly all the billionaires around you know in complete safety so important really. so so so important really like jesus christ really important perfect turd makers. really smart so please stay grounded or lock ejector seat please.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Dr. ben Franklin

    i know you like to show off but you know when the crap breaks like right near me the Bird of Huge Death scarred the crap out of me a machine that one person can kill 100 million people with a button and crap the plane is made from if crashes kills 10 million people. america is really scarry.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Dr. ben Franklin

    one pilot can kill 100 million people or the plane crap the plane is made of 2 million in this area if it crashes. i will move .

    October 20, 2017 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Dr. ben Franklin

    now how low were you like if it screws up 1000 feet that big B-2 thing. i was scarred dude. i say a stealth fighter crash in the 1990's in bowley quarters everyone ther ids dead or their children have three arms and stuff.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Dr. ben Franklin

    i really do not type good from brain damage stuff from effexor.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Dr. ben Franklin

    the dude i knew flew around hydrogen bomb tests he died off . us army air force. had a thunderbird like my old man

    October 20, 2017 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Dr. ben Franklin

    sailors ( sailboat) sailors and pilots know stuff called tell tales.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Dr. ben Franklin

    we use to talk about it . he flew B-52s.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Dr. Ben franklin

    so big game i am from 1776 so you got football otay. now the center of army is nose to nose with center of navy. like whta is the code word

    allenbaugh or o'neill

    October 20, 2017 at 10:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Dr. Ben franklin

    can you pull off allenbaugh i think i know how even though some towers in annapolis are gone.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Dr. Ben franklin

    all i need is 2 otter and 2 squirells and the ghost. a perfect five

    October 20, 2017 at 10:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Dr. Ben franklin

    i do highly clomplex quantum physics stuff and I have been "electrified" by my bad son.

    October 20, 2017 at 10:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Dr. gonna getcha

    hi sheppard pratt hospital there are 50,000 zombies coming to town at towson, MD. we gonna go to Johnny U satdium for a party.

    we are the zombies.

    October 20, 2017 at 21:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Dr. gonna getcha

    we are criples and weirdo do and freaks and dwarfs and we do not like bad doctors. got it

    October 20, 2017 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Dr. gonna getcha

    oh yes save all the religious clothing BS really the hat stuff on old men and boys really please grow up.

    October 20, 2017 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Dr. gonna getcha

    but arab rig is cool and sailing is fun rock on

    October 20, 2017 at 21:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Dr. gonna getcha

    egyptian cotton old Olin stephens yacht designer says YES

    October 20, 2017 at 21:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Dr. gonna getcha

    so when you wear all that stinkin string crap from your belt and it catches on a door and you oo hoo and wail do i have to save you?

    October 20, 2017 at 21:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Dr. gonna getcha

    likre whast does akll that crap mean that you are great or a stupid useless eater?

    October 20, 2017 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Dr. gonna getcha

    can you get you head a little closer to that wall in middle east so some body can drop a big huge rock on it.

    October 20, 2017 at 22:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Dr. gonna getcha

    oh the USS Liberty says hi.

    October 20, 2017 at 22:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Dr. gonna getcha

    get the atalantic fleet sub pack together . the RAT pack.

    Head directly north all engines off. begin Jethro Tull go scottish got problemsin the lodge in DC.

    October 20, 2017 at 22:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Dr. gonna getcha

    5 attack subs go get the MONEY or destroy for fun who cares.

    October 20, 2017 at 22:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Dr. gonna getcha

    isreal kames effexor it is a flea now flick it go sub taem go.

    October 20, 2017 at 23:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Dr. gonna getcha

    Johnny U says flick the FLEA off the Golden Labs back.

    October 20, 2017 at 23:10 | Report abuse | Reply
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