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Health Agencies Update
November 23/30, 2011

Antidepressant Use Increases

JAMA. 2011;306(20):2207. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1697

About 1 in 10 US individuals older than 12 years takes an antidepressant medication, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Based on data from the CDC's annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), use of antidepressants among US individuals increased nearly 400% between 1988 and 2008. Women between the ages of 40 and 59 years were the most likely to report taking an antidepressant, with 23% of women in this age group reporting taking such a medication. There were no differences in antidepressant use among various income groups.

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