Quick Stats

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Statistics

Eleven percent of Americans over age 12 take antidepressants according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control.   The study, compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, looked at data from 2005 to 2008.   Among the other key findings:

  • Women are two-and-a-half times more likely to take antidepressants than men.
  • People over 40 are more likely to take antidepressants than younger people.
  • Non-Hispanic whites are more likely to take antidepressants than minorities

MISC:

1 in 468 Americans hospitalized with ‘mental illness’ in 1955.
(C. Silverman, The Epidemiology of Depression (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, (1968), 139)

1 in 184 Americans recieving SSI or SSDI due to ‘mental illness’ in 1987.
(Social Security Administration, annual statistical reports on the SSDi and SSi programs, 1987-2008.)

1 in 76 Americans recieving SSI or SSDI due to ‘mental illness’ in 2007.
(Social Security Administration, annual statistical reports on the SSDi and SSi programs, 1987-2008.)

$25 Billion Amount spent on anti-depressants and anti-psychotics by Americans in 2007.
(http://www.imshealth.com/deployedfiles/imshealth/Global/Content/Document/Top-Line%20Industry%20Data/2007%20Top%20Therapeutic%20Classes%20by%20Sales.pdf)