Skip to comments.One in four American women take medication for a mental disorder
Posted on 11/17/2011 1:19:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge
More than one in four American women took at least one drug for conditions like anxiety and depression last year, according to an analysis of prescription data.
The report, by pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc, found the use of drugs for psychiatric and behavioral disorders in all adults rose 22per cent from 2001.
The medications are most often prescribed to women aged 45 and older, but their use among men and in younger adults climbed sharply.
In total, more than 20per cent of American adults were found to be on at least one drug for mental health disorders.
A number of celebrities have gone public in recent years with their battles with mental health disorders.
They include Catherin Zeta-Jones, who was treated for a form of bipolar disorder earlier this year due to the stress of coping with her husband Michael Douglas's fight with cancer.
Model Brooke Shields admitted suffering postpartum depression after the birth of her baby in 2003, while fellow big screen icon Carrie Fisher, of Star Wars fame, told how she had turned to electroshock therapy to treat the worst symptoms of her chronic depression.
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PHarma living.. becuz we all know.. a well medicated populace is good for all of us.
Remember the ol''
Without chemicals, life would be impossible.
Now they take Prozac to make it seem normal.
And I hear that 75% of women with mental disorders go undiagnosed ...
She goes running for the shelter of her mother’s little helper. And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day.
One in four American women take meds for mental issues?
Well, that pretty explains everything.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to put on my best asbestos suit.
(I’m kidding. Sort of.)
Doctors should be required to disclose to patients what drug stocks they own.
Also a good example of what hell feminism unleashed on American women.
As long as you're not married to one...
Great. So they’re ALL crazy.
Is is a disorder to be depressed and under stress when your husband is facing death?
Seems like that might be a typical reaction to me.
Depression is not necessarily a "disorder" (and yes I am including the kind where you want to lay in bed for a few days). Emotions can be extremely negative at times. That doesn't mean you're going crazy.
Playing with fire.
this is not a shock
if they could get their political affiliation, that’d be interesting
“More than one in four” - OK. What? Six....seven? Must be British math.
Oh for the good old days when Mother’s little helper was a scrip for Nembutal or valium...
Why so few? There are so many more that need help. (Duck and cover)
We are the 80%.
. . . and another one in four should be on mental meds
- A middle aged divorce man
A couple of my family members deal with depression, it's far from a trivial disease. It certainly isn't something that you "just need to get over". However, if you watch ads on the tube, you'd think that "Occasionally Feeling a Little Blah" equates to "Too depressed to get out of bed for a week".
One needs to be be treated, the other is just called life. Wiser people treat the former and deal with the latter, while unwise people escape into a pill bottle, irregardless.
And, I'll don my asbestos suit along with you.