1 in 10 Americans Aged 12 and Over Takes Antidepressant Medication

The use of antidepressants has jumped almost 400 percent in the last 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antidepressants are the third most common prescription drug in America. Antidepressants are the most frequently used medicine among people ages 18 to 44. About one-third of people with severe depression take antidepressant medication. The CDC notes more than 60 percent of Americans who take an antidepressant have done so for at least two years. Almost 14 percent have taken the medication for at least 10 years. Less than one-third of those taking one antidepressant, and less than half of those taking more than one, had consulted a mental health professional in CDC’s report is based on a survey of Americans conducted between 2005 and 2008. Women are 2.5 times more likely than men to take an antidepressant. Use of the drugs is more common among whites than among blacks or Mexican Americans.