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CDC report: antidepressant use on the rise

CDC report: antidepressant use on the rise

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Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows antidepressant use rising 400 percent in the last 20 years.

Feeling blue? According to a report released last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antidepressant drug use has jumped to almost 400 percent in the last 20 years.

Some of the highlights of the report include:

  • According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2005-2008, eleven percent of Americans ages 12 and up took antidepressants during the 2005-2008 study period.
  • Additionally, study results found that nearly one-third of people diagnosed with severe depression symptoms took antidepressant medication.
  • Another important finding included that for males and females, those over the age of 40 were more likely to take antidepressant vs their younger counterparts.

The CDC report stated that women across the board were more likely than men to take an antidepressant at every level of depression.

To learn more about the study findings, visit the CDC report here.

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Stacy Lipson

Contributing Writer

Contributing Writer Stacy Lipson has written for Natural Health, MSNBC's Body Odd, HealthDay.com, Sprig.com, BNET.com, MarieClaire.com, MyDaily.com and Lemondrop.com. He holds a degree from Temple University. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure