10% Of Americans Take Antidepressants

10 % of Americans take Antidepressants

Did you know that more than 1 in 10 Americans over age 12 take an antidepressant, a class of drugs that has become widely popular in the past several decades Antidepressants were the third most common drug used by Americans of all ages between 2005 and 2008, and they were the most common drug among people 18 to 44, according to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The team analyzed data on more than 12,000 Americans who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys between 2005 and 2008. They found that antidepressant use in the United States jumped nearly 400 percent in the 2005-08 survey period compared with the 1988-94 period. The increase followed the 1987 approval of Eli Lilly and Co.’s Prozac or fluoxetine, the first of a newer class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or SSRIs.

-Taken from the Chicago Tribune