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One of 5 Americans take Medication for a Mental Disorder

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In the last 10 years, Americans been through a lot: 9/11 attacks, two wars & a depression. This could be one of the reasons that medication to treat health disorders are rising among U.S.adults.

A survey conducted by Medco Health Solutions who asked 2.5 million insured Americans from 2001 to 2010 found that twenty percent of all who surveyed took at least one medication to treat a mental disorder. For women, it was found that 20% of those who said yes to taking medication were using antidepressants. Also the number of women on ADHD was 2.5 times higher in 2010 than in 2001.

There was also a large drop in use of antidepressants among those 19 and under and a drop of prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication among the elderly 65 and older.

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Click here for the original article—Courtesy of LA Times

 

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