Anti-depressant Use Rises Dramatically
"Astounding increase in antidepressant use by Americans" announces this Harvard study.
"According to a report released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988 - 1994 and 2005 - 2008 … about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant. Here are a few other stand-out statistics from the report on antidepressants:
- 23% of women in their 40s and 50s take antidepressants, a higher percentage than any other group (by age or sex)
- Women are 2½ times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men (click here to read a May 2011 article in the Harvard Mental Health Letter about women and depression)
- 14% of non-Hispanic white people take antidepressants compared with just 4% of non-Hispanic blacks and 3% of Mexican Americans
- Less than a third of Americans who are taking a single antidepressants (as opposed to two or more) have seen a mental health professional in the past year
- Antidepressant use does not vary by income status."
Leadership Journal knows that you face depression and mental health issues in your ministry, and perhaps your personal life. Here are a few resources:
"Through a Glass, Darkly" - Amy Simpson
"The Zoloft Dispensation" - Elliott Anderson
"Spiritual or Psychological?" - Chuck DeGroat
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