home
RSS
CDC: 6% of teens take psychotropic drugs
December 4th, 2013
09:03 AM ET

CDC: 6% of teens take psychotropic drugs

The debate around adolescents and psychotropic drug use may be quieted - ever so slightly - by new data.

More than 6% of adolescents reported using psychotropic medications during the past month, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Six percent is pretty much what I would expect for the prescription of psychotropic medications based on what we know about new disorders and how prevalent they would be among adolescents," said Bruce Jonas, a mental health epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC, who compiled the data.

Psychotropic medications are used to alter the mood, behavior or overall functioning of persons with certain mental health conditions.

According to the survey, which accounts for medication use between 2005-2010, adolescents were evenly split between taking antidepressants (3.2%) and drugs to address attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (3.2%), with relatively smaller numbers reporting taking drugs to treat conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

About 8% of 12-17 year olds in the United States have major depression, while about 11% of 4-17 year olds are diagnosed with ADHD, according to federal data.

"It's not unreasonable that about half would be prescribed medication," said Jonas. "Psychotropic medication is not the only avenue if an adolescent is challenged by mood disorders or ADHD.  There could be psychotherapeutic intervention."

"Everyone who is depressed doesn't have to take medication and everyone who has ADD doesn't have to take medication," said Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

But Duckworth says he is concerned about a slight downturn in the number of prescriptions for antidepressants among adolescents during the past decade.

Previous CDC data, spanning 1999-2004, reflect 3.7% of adolescents were prescribed antidepressants, compared with 3.2% in the subsequent five years.  By comparison, prescriptions for ADHD medications went up during the same time period.

Black box warnings on antidepressants (requiring, among other things, close monitoring of patients) may have been a deterrent for some primary care doctors who previously prescribed the drugs, said Duckworth.

The black box guidance was issued by the Food and Drug Administration in 2007.

"I'm not convinced it's a good thing that antidepressants went down after black box warnings," said Duckworth, who is also a child and adolescent psychiatrist.  "It may mean untreated major depression, which is a risk factor for suicide."

The data were compiled as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.


soundoff (681 Responses)
  1. RV Repair Shops Near My Location

    Saved as a favorite, I love your website!

    http://autocar.co.nz/Redirect.aspx?destination=http://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-alhambra-california/

    June 18, 2021 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Repairs Nearby

    I love it whenever people come together and share thoughts. Great blog, keep it up!

    https://www.oliverhume.com.au/enquiry/thank-you/?redirectTo=http://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-south-pasadena-california/

    June 18, 2021 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. home foundation repair

    Itís nearly impossible to find well-informed people on this topic, but you seem like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks

    http://jasperq41g9.newsbloger.com/6251315/details-fiction-and-generator-repair

    June 18, 2021 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RV Repairs Near My Location

    http://www.secure.dbprimary.com/service/util/logout/CookiePolicy.action?backto=http://www.ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-generator-repair-near-me

    June 18, 2021 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Nearest RV Repair

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a top notch articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I hesitate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

    http://www.secure.duoservers.com/?lang=en&s_id=123179&rdomain=is.gd/2m6Vxy&action=order&popup=1

    June 18, 2021 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Camper Repairs Near Me

    http://bugcrowd.com/external_redirect?site=http://ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-sound-system-repair-near-me

    June 18, 2021 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Repair Places Near Me

    https://www.autocar.co.nz/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://ocrvcenter.com/heavy-truck-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 18, 2021 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RV Repair Seal Beach

    http://www.lnfcu.com/helpers/choice.asp?h=www.ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-maintenance-near-me/

    June 18, 2021 at 20:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RV Repair Nearby

    http://paeria.cat/ang/ajuntament/noticies.asp?Detall=True&IdNoticia=21087&Dia=-1&Mes=-1&Any=2014&IdDepartament=-1&Consulta=False&PaginaAnterior=http://ocrvcenter.com/rv-remodel-near-me-2/

    June 18, 2021 at 21:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RV Repair Huntington Beach

    I was very pleased to uncover this web site. I want to to thank you for ones time for this fantastic read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to check out new information on your site.

    http://www.kebrt.webz.cz/download.php?url=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-glendora-california/

    June 18, 2021 at 21:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. RV Repair Shop

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for additional information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

    http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=8510&d=4qa02KqxZJadHuhFUvy7ZCUfI_2L10yeH0EeBz7FGQ&u=http://ocrvexperts.com/passenger-truck-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 04:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    https://t10.org/cgi-bin/s_t10r.cgi?First=1&PrevURL=www.ocrv.art/haul-truck-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 04:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RV Repair Orange County California

    http://www.zippyapp.com/redir?u=ocrvcenter.com/airport-bus-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 05:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV Repair Shops Nearby

    http://2ip.ru/lookup/?ip=http://www.ocrv.world/motorhome-battery-repair-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 06:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nearby RV Repair

    http://www.elephone.hk/static/redirect?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-adelanto-california-2

    June 19, 2021 at 08:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. instant covid testing near me

    https://www.rya.org.uk/pages/redir.axd?url=http://bulknearme.com/

    June 19, 2021 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Repair Near Me

    http://2ch.io/https://www.ocrvcenter.com/airport-bus-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 11:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. RV Repair Orange County

    https://www.adminer.org/redirect/?url=http://ocrvcenter.com/bus-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 12:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Sprinter Repair Orange County

    The next time I read a blog, Hopefully it won't fail me as much as this particular one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read, nonetheless I truly thought you'd have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could fix if you weren't too busy searching for attention.

    http://mitsui-shopping-park.com/lalaport/iwata/redirect.html?url=www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-laguna-beach-california/

    June 19, 2021 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. RV Repairs Near Me

    I wanted to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I have you saved as a favorite to check out new things you postÖ

    http://xcelenergy.com/stateselector?stateselected=true&goto=http://www.ocrvshop.com/rv-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 17:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Camper Repair Shops Near Me

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been conducting a little research on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast due to the fact that I found it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this topic here on your web site.

    http://www.pt-br.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=http://pheecith.com/9QQa/

    June 19, 2021 at 17:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. RV Repair Shops Nearby

    https://www.freedback.com/thank_you.php?u=ocrv.me/motorhome-slide-out-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 18:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. RV Repair Mission Viejo

    This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!

    http://eportal.uspaacc.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://ocrvluxurycoaches.com/toy-hauler-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 19:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Repair Around Me

    https://www.secure.duoservers.com/?lang=en&s_id=123179&rdomain=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-la-mirada-california&action=order

    June 19, 2021 at 20:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. RV Repairs Near Me

    http://www.sv.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=https://ocrvcenter.biz/rv-repair-shop-mission-hills-california

    June 19, 2021 at 21:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Sprinter Repair Shop Near Me

    Everything is very open with a really clear explanation of the challenges. It was really informative. Your site is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!

    http://2ip.ru/lookup/?ip=http://uii.io/lSSuY1

    June 19, 2021 at 23:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. RV Repair Shop

    http://www.community.nxp.com/t5/custom/page/page-id/ExternalRedirect?url=www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-montebello-california

    June 19, 2021 at 23:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. RV Repair Places Near Me

    A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do think that you should write more on this topic, it may not be a taboo subject but typically people do not discuss such issues. To the next! Kind regards!!

    https://publishing.brookes.ac.uk/?URL=https://ocrvcenter.net/class-8-truck-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 23:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Internet Marketing Experts Near Me

    I'd like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I'm hoping to see the same high-grade content from you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own blog now 😉

    http://www.chemringenergetics.de/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 02:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Social Media Marketing Specialist

    This site certainly has all the information I needed concerning this subject and didnít know who to ask.

    http://www.hartmanfuneralhome.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.http://affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 03:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Social Media Marketing Agency Around Me

    https://www.sifuentezcpa.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 03:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. SEO Marketing Experts

    http://www.jamsandjellies.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://www.affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 06:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Sheree Yandle

    I am in an english class at the University of Tennessee and my professor stated that if one of us can get published our blog published on the website, we will get an automatic A in the course. Please, if anyone knows how you can get a blog published on Amnesty International, or has any tips, please let me know! Thanks so much!.

    https://twitter.com/katekdesigns

    June 20, 2021 at 08:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Social Media Marketing Specialist

    https://annuityexchange.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://www.affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Internet Marketing Firms

    http://www.high-light.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 09:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Kareem Andrada

    https://www.ar.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=http://counselforward.com

    June 20, 2021 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Stephen Kush

    https://historyhub.history.gov/external-link.jspa?url=http://customcampervans.com

    June 20, 2021 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Ervin Gassett

    I was able to find good info from your blog articles.

    https://google.cz/url?q=https://bestlocalnearme.com

    June 20, 2021 at 19:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Laurine Freelon

    http://www.pichak.net/verification/index.php?n=39&url=www.fleetautorepairshop.com

    June 20, 2021 at 20:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. 안전놀이터

    606118 519342I feel you did an awesome job explaining it. Sure beats having to research it on my own. Thanks 551891

    June 20, 2021 at 21:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. rent a car near me

    https://www.netwalkerstore.com/redirect.asp?accid=-18244&adcampaignid=2991&adcampaigntype=2&affduration=30&url=http://masternearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 00:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. things to do near me

    I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site. I'm hoping to view the same high-grade content from you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own site now 😉

    http://beverlyhills3d.de/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=reviewnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 03:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. RV Repair Shops Nearby

    I used to be able to find good info from your blog articles.

    http://www.omamu.com/r/out.cgi?id=kicar&url=https://ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 06:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. salons near me

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It is the little changes that will make the most important changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

    https://emailcaddie.com/tk1/c/1/f127f0fe3f564aef9f0fb7c16a7d9416001?url=https://nearmyspot.com

    June 21, 2021 at 06:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. rapid covid testing near me

    http://www.savenike.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.bulknearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 07:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Camper Repair Shops Near Me

    I seriously love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you create this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as Iím looking to create my very own blog and want to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Thank you!

    http://twinks-movies.com/cgi-bin/at3/out.cgi?id=135&tag=toplist&trade=https://ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 12:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Sprinter Van Ecm Repair

    Great post! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our site. Keep up the good writing.

    http://nissanget.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=sprinterrepairnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Rv Technician Shop Near Me

    The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it won't fail me just as much as this one. After all, I know it was my choice to read through, however I actually thought you would probably have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could fix if you weren't too busy seeking attention.

    http://ozarklist.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=fleetrepairshops.com

    June 21, 2021 at 19:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. RV Repairs Nearby

    The next time I read a blog, Hopefully it does not disappoint me as much as this particular one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I really thought you'd have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something you could possibly fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.

    https://www.easytravel.com.tw/ehotel/hotel_sale.aspx?posvn=maple&url=http://ocrvmotorsports.us

    June 21, 2021 at 21:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Mercedes Luxury Van Repair

    I used to be able to find good info from your blog articles.

    http://bonniej.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=sprintervanrepair.com

    June 21, 2021 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Leave a Reply to Social Media Marketing Brea


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.