I was both alarmed and somewhat disgusted to read this report in USA Today.
Use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988, making the medication the most frequently used by people ages 18-44, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
Eleven percent of Americans ages 12 years and older took antidepressants during the 2005-08 study period, the authors write. They add that though the majority of antidepressants were taken to treat depression, the drugs also can be used for anxiety disorders and other conditions.
The data are from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, which included information from 12,637 participants about prescription-drug use, antidepressant use, length of use, severity of depressive symptoms and contact with a health professional.
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In fact, less than one-third of Americans taking one antidepressant and less than one-half of those taking multiple antidepressants have seen a mental-health professional in the past year, the report shows.
There's more at the link.
The report is alarming because of the dependence on pills of so many people, to cope with what are, after all, the normal challenges of everyday life. It's disgusting because so many believe they need pills for that! What happened to plain ordinary common sense, the courage to face life and deal with it, and the can-do spirit? Do you think our grandparents and parents could have won World War II with such an attitude? Hit the beaches at Normandy or Iwo Jima while pumped full of antidepressants? I don't think so . . . and the near-certainty of violent death or crippling, agonizing injury would have given them a lot more reason to be depressed than worrying about paying a bill or two!
It's a sad commentary on our society - and on our medical professionals - that the mass use of antidepressants is considered 'normal'. It's anything but!