"One wonders if the medication is being used as a possible panacea for a number of psychosocial issues which might be better served by counseling," Kotrla said.
Still, about the same number of people were being treated for depression (26.25 percent in 1996 versus 26.85 percent in 2005), indicating that the drugs were being used to treat other diagnoses, such as anxiety and other mood disorders.
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According to background information in the study, antidepressants are now the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the United States. The expansion in use dates back to the 1980s, with the introduction of the antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine). residents aged 6 and Nike Sneakers No Laces over were using antidepressants in 1996, compared with 10.12 percent in 2005. That's 13.3 million people, up to 27 million people.
"Who's really taking these medications?" Caine said. "It's not Nike Shoes For Girls With Price
The increase seemed to span virtually all demographic groups.
"The reasons [for the growth] are unclear but they may include the introduction of new antidepressants over the last 10 to 12 years or so and a broadening in the clinical indications of antidepressant treatment. Years ago, these drugs were largely focused on depression. Today, more different conditions are treated with antidepressants," Olfson said. "There's also Nike Golf Shoes Black And Yellow
clear that it makes anyone healthier. That's a fundamental issue that we don't know. We don't have any way of telling if this made people's lives better."
"This is a 20 year trend and it's very powerful," remarked Dr. Eric Caine, chair of the department of psychiatry and co director of the Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
"I think part of the increased rate is increased awareness, as well as national depression screening all over the country," added Dr. M. Beatriz Currier, an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "Education and screening decrease stigma."
"It is encouraging that there is apparently an increased awareness and increased willingness to seek assistance for emotional distress . . . and that is Nike Shoes Low Cut For Girls
been an increase in direct to consumer advertising and a lessening of the stigma associated with seeking mental health care."
Of concern, however, was the finding that the majority of Americans taking antidepressants were not receiving care from a psychiatrist.
By Amanda GardnerMONDAY, Aug. residents almost doubled between 1996 and 2005, along with a concurrent rise in the use of other psychotropic medications, a new report shows.
a big step forward," said Dr. Kathryn J. Kotrla, chairwoman and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Texas A Health Science Center College of Medicine.
"Over 10 percent of people over the age of 6 were receiving anti depression medication. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City.
At the same time, those receiving antipsychotic medications increased from 5.46 percent to 8.86 percent, and the proportion of people using psychotherapy dropped from 31.5 percent to 19.87 percent.
Also troubling was not knowing what the prescriptions were being written for exactly.
Lower rates of increases in antidepressant use were seen in blacks (3.61 percent in 1996 versus 4.51 percent in 2005) and in Hispanics (3.72 percent versus 5.21 percent in 2005), the researchers found.
Indeed, a study released last week found that roughly five of six Americans now have a positive opinion on psychiatric medications, a marked increase from about a decade ago.
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