Yesterday, I read that the number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled over the past decade, totaling 27 million. But interestingly enough, fewer of us are being treated for depression.According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, half of the folks taking antidepressants are using them to treat issues other than depression, like back and nerve pain, as well as fatigue and sleeping issues. Physicians, not psychiatrists, are prescribing 80 percent of the drugs, and this could be for a variety of reasons. One reason is that insurance doesn't cover therapy, so patients are seeking help from their regular doc. A second is that the newer drugs create fewer side effects and are safer than previous antidepressants, so doctors are more comfortable issuing prescriptions. I am curious about you . . .
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