More than one in 10 Americans (11%) older than 12 take the drugs, the majority of them for depression.
- That marks a 400% increase since 1988 and makes antidepressants the most commonly used drug for people ages 18 to 44.
- Less than one-third of those on antidepressants have seen a mental health professional in the last year.
Women are more likely than men to take the drugs, and 23% of females ages 40 to 59 do so.
- About 14% of whites take antidepressants, versus 4% of blacks and 3% of Mexican-Americans.
- More than 60% of those on the medication have been taking it for more than two years.
- Only about one-third of people with symptoms of severe depression are taking them.