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One in six US adults takes psychiatric drugs, study says

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/12/health/psychiatric-drug-use/index.html?sr=fbCNN122416psychiatric-drug-use0330PMStoryLink&linkId=32672589

 


Discussion prompted by report that pilot of crashed plane took "heavy depression medicine"

- Video discussion between CNN anchor and a doctor
- article citing statistics of 2013 study on use of psychiatric medication

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In a related piece, Mercola expands on this, providing context and alternatives:

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/12/29/over-prescribed-antidepressants.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20161229Z1&et_cid=DM129480&et_rid=1818923946

 

From the article:

 

U.S. health care expenses have also risen, hitting $3.2 trillion annually as of 2015, and rising prescription prices combined with over-prescribing are significant drivers of these rising costs, according to a government report.2,3,4,5

 

While psychiatric drugs were not included in that report, statistics reveal a very clear trend of over-prescribing here as well. According to recent research, 1 in 6 Americans are now on antidepressants or some other type of psychiatric drug, and most appear to be taking them long-term.6,7,8,9,10

 

That's quite an extraordinary number, and a significant increase, nearly doubled, from 2011 when 1 in 10 American adults reported using a psychiatric drug.11According to lead author Thomas J. Moore, a researcher at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices:12

 

 

"To discover that 8 in 10 adults who have taken psychiatric drugs are using them long term raises safety concerns, given that there's reason to believe some of this continued use is due to dependence and withdrawal symptoms."

 

Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, commented on the findings saying it reflects a growing reliance on prescription medications to manage common emotional problems.

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