Report: 11 percent of Americans take antidepressants

A bottle of antidepressant pills named Effexor
A bottle of antidepressant pills named Effexor
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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finds that antidepressants are the drug of choice for adults in the U.S. The study says that 11 percent of Americans are taking Prozac, Paxil or another type of antidepressant.

According to the report, antidepressants are the most common drug taken by adults under 45, and women take the pills more than men at every age group. Women ages 40 to 59 are most likely to take antidepressants — 23 percent of them are taking the pills.

This CDC report involved about 13,000 people over three years. It shows a huge leap in the use of antidepressants, up by 400 percent from a similar report out in the mid-1990s.

The report also says most people taking antidepressants have been doing so for more than two years, but they don’t appear to be checking in with their doctors. A vast majority says they haven’t had contact with a mental health professional for more than a year.

This story has been updated.