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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Wish I’d followed it around ten years ago. But, that’s part of life. Live and learn.
Same here. No one I know takes meds for mental disorders. Maybe they are counting someone popping a couple tylenol due to stress from an isolated depressing event. ?
“Some doctors hand out anti-anxiety meds as panacea instead of trying to find the real problem. You might actually have to spend time with a patient, listen carefully to symptoms, and try to find a cause of their problems, but oftentimes its just easier to label the issue anxiety and send them on their way with a bottle of benzos.”
My son-in-law is one of these cases. He suffered from debilitating anxiety and depression, and found a doctor to fix him with pills. No working on the cause. He thinks he’s all fixed now. He really enjoys the combination of alcohol with the meds. He has no problem. It’s my daughter who has the problem, according to him. He is content with his new found happiness.
That is really sad.
Whatever we are doing to raise our daughters here, we sure aren’t doing it right.
You THINK no one you know takes medication for mental disorders. But look at the tone of some of the comments on this thread.
Look at the stigma here.
Do you think people admit it? I worked the front dest of an ER for 5 years ... you’d be amazed how many so-called “pillars of your community” are treating brain chemistry issues with medication.
Most of my clients are mental health clinicians. The M.D.’s prescribe meds and sign disability paperwork for everyone that comes in and those patients seem to be of a liberal bent. The M.D.’s all voted for Obama. Most of the patients seen by the Ph.D.’s refuse meds and those I have spoken with are very politically conservative. None of my Ph.D. clients voted for Obama but I think this is the exception rather than the rule.
We've had 40 years of girls being told that men suck and women can and should do it all.
Think that the historically high rate of heart disease in women 30-50 we see today is just a coincidence? Not on your life.
Not any more...
Then, perhaps it's you that should be?
Women have been forced out of their normal biological role are mothers, caregivers and homemakers and suddenly thrust into being providers. It’s not surprising they need meds to adjust to an unnatural role.
Libtards are going to find a way to use this to bash conservatism and capitalism
After I posted, I did remember one young woman I know, whose father died during the summer at age 54, and she was taking something for a few weeks there.
I also cannot help but think that SOME of those who are chronically taking meds do so, because it is easy to get more, and their doctors like the fast office visits for renewing the prescriptions. These women may NOT even be depressed, but have fallen into line with all of the advertising, etc., and THINK they are depressed for what was really a short-term stressor. ?? Just my 2 cents....
THERE . . .
Too late for me. At 64, I lost my mind years ago, so meds wouldn't help me now ;-)
That’s why my older brother is happily married to a Mexican lady.
*shrug* they help me...
Well reality doesn’t always comport well to whole fractions.
If the numbers were 0.25000 then it would be EXACTLY one in four.
But if the numbers were 0.25345 then it would be MORE THAN one in four.
A better way of saying it would be ‘slightly more than one in four’ - if you are not into the whole brevity thing.