Study Says Many Taking Anti-Depressants Without Need


A new study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reports that about 69 percent of people who take selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have never suffered from a major depressive disorder.

About 38 percent of those have never in their lifetime met criteria for major depression, obsessive compulsive, panic, social phobia or generalized anxiety disorders.

Study says use is a 'severe inflation of what may actually be necessary'

The authors of the study point out that between 1988 and 2008, antidepressant use increased nearly 400 percent in the U.S. and today, about 11 percent of the population takes a regular antidepressant. This is a severe inflation over what may actually be necessary.

The study, lead by Dr. Ramin Mojtabai and colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, used data from four samples. These samples were taken in 1981-2005 and involved 1,071 participants over four "waves." These waves included interviews and assessments of antidepressant use and of the sample, about 13 percent reported using antidepressants.

Source: Takayanagi Y, Spira A, Bienvenu O, et al. Antidepressant Use and Lifetime History of Mental Disorders in a Community Sample: Results From the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2015.


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