Thursday, October 20, 2011

One in Ten On Antidepressants

More than one in ten Americans aged 12 or older (10.8 percent) take an antidepressant medication, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. In the 2005-08 time period, antidepressants were the third most commonly prescribed drug. The middle-aged are most likely to be on antidepressants, with 16 percent of people aged 40 to 59 prescribed the drugs. The figure peaks at 23 percent among women in the age group.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Antidepressant Use in Persons Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2005-2008

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