Antidepressants are the Number 1 (most prescribed) prescription drug for American’s aged 18 to 44.
A recent study finds that depression is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have found that in nearly 50,000 older adults (over 50 years of age) in a study period of 5 years, were more likely to develop vascular dementia and 65% were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than similarly aged people who weren’t depressed. These conditions are poised to expand dramatically with the aging “baby boomer” generation.
According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHC), the rate of antidepressants use in America among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988-1994 and 2005-2008.
Some other statistics:
- 23% of women in their 40’s and 50’s take antidepressants
- Women are 21/2 times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men.
- Women are about twice as like as men to develop major depression
Number of Women who take antidepressants
The number of women who are taking prescription antidepressants increased approximately 400% in over 20 years. The number of women taking prescription antidepressants rose from only 4% in 1996 to approximately 19% in 2015.
The number of Men who take antidepressants
The number of men who are taking prescription antidepressants increase also approximately 400% in over 20 years. The number of men taking prescription antidepressants rose from only 2% in 1996 to approximately 9% in 2015.
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