Thursday, August 6, 2009

Study: Antidepressant use doubles

From Reuters, comes this troubling statistic:
Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday.

About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found. [emphasis added] ...

Article here. So one in ten Americans is on antidepressants? Yikes!

The study looked at data up to 2005. With the economy in much worse shape, and unemployment more than double where it was back then, I wonder how many more are on antidepressants now? And if there is, shall we say, a "discontinuity event" in the U.S. or global economy, and all those people can no longer get, or afford, those meds, what happens then? Think about 27 million (possibly more now) people, mostly adults, off their meds, cranky, depressed, potentially unemployed, maybe desperate, and the implications for criminal / mass shooting violence.

You do carry wherever you go, right?

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