Study Shows Taking Mental Health Medication Is Incredibly Common
Approximately one in six Americans has taken a prescribed psychiatric drug such as antidepressants at least once, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices analyzed public government data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which measures details related to the use of health care and health insurance coverage. They found 16.7 percent of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more psychiatric drug prescriptions in 2013, the most recent year of collected information.
The authors discovered 12 percent of people reported taking antidepressants. Just over 8 percent took anxiety drugs, sedatives or sleeping pills and 1.6 percent took antipsychotic medication, which is most commonly used for conditions like schizophrenia.