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Use of Antidepressants Continue to Rise


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  • Between 1999 and 2014, use of antidepressants in the U.S. rose by 65 percent. As of 2014, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 11 men over the age of 12 report taking antidepressant medication
  • One-quarter of those who had taken an antidepressant in the past month reported being on them for 10 years or more
  • In Scotland, antidepressant use among children under the age of 12 quadrupled between 2009 and 2016; use among children under 18 doubled in the same time frame

By Dr. Mercola

Major depression is one of the most common disorders in the U.S., with 16 million adults reporting at least one major depressive episode in the past year. When you look at all forms of depression, that number goes even higher. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 24 million Americans experience some form of depression, which can interfere with personal and work relationships, reduce work or academic performance and affect physical health.

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