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April 10, 2002

Changes in the Treatment of Depression in the United States: 1987-1997

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

JAMA. 2002;287(14):1803-1804. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799

To the Editor: Dr Olfson and colleagues1 report a 3-fold increase in population-wide treatment of depression in the United States between 1987 and 1997. The authors present some possible reasons for this increase in their conclusions, specifically the introduction of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), aggressive pharmaceutical industry advertising, public health educational efforts, and better available screening instruments.

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