DEPRESSION

DEPRESSION

Antidepressants are the Number 1 (most prescribed) prescription drug for American’s aged 18 to 44.

DEPRESSION1A 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

 

DEPRESSION2Number 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.

DEPRESSION3The 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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