Tuesday, August 4, 2009

10% in USA Taking Anti-Depressants

Science Daily has the results of a study published in the August issue of Archives of General Psychiatry that antidepressant use in the USA is now over 10%. It seems like it is time to stop treating this as a pharmacological problem and address the lifestyle and spiritual aspects.
Between 1996 and 2005, the rate of antidepressant treatment increased from 5.84 percent to 10.12 percent or from an estimated 13.3 million to 27 million individuals. "Significant increases in antidepressant use were evident across all sociodemographic groups examined, except African Americans, who had comparatively low rates of use in both years (1996, 3.61 percent; 2005, 4.51 percent)," the authors write. "Although antidepressant treatment increased for Hispanics, it remained comparatively low (1996, 3.72 percent; 2005, 5.21 percent)."

Going for regular walks and taking cod liver oil have been know to help for a long time. But also, we do live in a depressing culture. A Christian spiritual life in community is important.

1 comment:

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