Antidepressant Use Doubled

More on this depression study I mentioned yesterday in the post entitled Depression Demystified I uncovered in a USA Today article on the subject. The results of the study were published in Archives of General Psychiatry.

Most of these antidepressant users claimed to be using the drug for something other than depression such as back pain, nerve pain, fatigue, sleep problems, or what have you.

Antidepressant use among children and adolescents, 5 – 17 years old, increased from 1.4% in 1996 to 2.6 % in 2005.

The percent of patients receiving psychotherapy for their depression went down from 31.5% to less than 20% according to this article.

Direct to consumer advertizing for these antidepressant drugs went up from $32,000,000 to $122,000,000 over the years covered by this study.

You have these statistics, and then you have a doctor claiming to be glad to see ‘more people getting treatment’.

I think there are better ways to deal with unhappiness than by taking a drug.

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