Unchecked Antidepressant Abuse

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The use of antidepressants by Americans over age 12 is up almost 400% since 1988 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Their findings also show that less than half of people taking multiple antidepressants have seen a mental-health professional in the past year (see chart below).

Pratt LA, Brody DJ, Gu Q. Antidepressant use in persons aged 12 and over: United States, 2005–2008. NCHS data brief, no 76. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2011.

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