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One in four American women take medication for a mental disorder
Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/17/11

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: american; bipolar; depression; medication; mentaldisorder; postpartum; women
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To: NormsRevenge

51 posted on 11/17/2011 2:04:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


52 posted on 11/17/2011 2:04:50 PM PST by Hacklehead (Income equality is incompatible with a free society.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The medications are most often prescribed to women aged 45 and older, but their use among men and in younger adults climbed sharply.

Libtards are going to find a way to use this to bash conservatism and capitalism

53 posted on 11/17/2011 2:07:04 PM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Winstons Julia

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....


54 posted on 11/17/2011 2:09:01 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: NormsRevenge

NOT
GOING
THERE . . .


55 posted on 11/17/2011 2:09:44 PM PST by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: null and void
"Then, perhaps it's you that should be?"

Too late for me. At 64, I lost my mind years ago, so meds wouldn't help me now ;-)

56 posted on 11/17/2011 2:10:01 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s why my older brother is happily married to a Mexican lady.


57 posted on 11/17/2011 2:14:58 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: mass55th

*shrug* they help me...


58 posted on 11/17/2011 2:17:13 PM PST by null and void (MSGT Dean Hopkins USMC (ret) WWII-Korea-Vietnam 11/9/1925-10/22/2011 My hero, my Dad)
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To: humblegunner
You have a point!
59 posted on 11/17/2011 2:19:49 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: blueunicorn6

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.


60 posted on 11/17/2011 2:21:31 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: NormsRevenge
From the Rolling Stones, vintage 1960s....

"Things are different today," I hear ev'ry mother say Cooking fresh food for a husband's just a drag So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak And goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day

Doctor please, some more of these Outside the door, she took four more What a drag it is getting old

"Men just aren't the same today" I hear ev'ry mother say They just don't appreciate that you get tired They're so hard to satisfy, You can tranquilize your mind So go running for the shelter of a mother's little helper And four help you through the night, help to minimize your plight

Doctor please, some more of these Outside the door, she took four more What a drag it is getting old

"Life's just much too hard today," I hear ev'ry mother say The pusuit of happiness just seems a bore And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose No more running for the shelter of a mother's little helper They just helped you on your way, through your busy dying day

61 posted on 11/17/2011 2:23:06 PM PST by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: dawn53

A woman should always reject a psych diagnosis and insist on more tests. My mother came down with ovarian cancer. Depression was a side effect of the cancer. Her doctor told her she was depressed, and treatmant was delayed over two months.

Hyperthyroidism is another illness that is commonly misdiagnosed. Doctors fail to take women seriously, and frankly, I have difficulty trustimg many of them.


62 posted on 11/17/2011 2:24:00 PM PST by Judith Anne (For rhe sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world.)
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To: NEMDF; All

This issue is actually remarkably complex and sensitive and can’t really be boiled down to, “The doctors want to medicate them” or “it was the women’s rights movement” or “they can’t tough it out.”

Mental illness runs in families. There are so many varieties and variations that you can’t throw them under one umbrella. There are more medication options but some of those are blessings because, in the past, the answer might have been a lobotomy ... institutionalization or more suicide than we see now.

It’s probably that some of history’s most significant and artistically gifted people also suffered a form of mental illness.

Undiagnosed mental illness can lead to abuse of substances and that leads to more mental illness that leads to more abuse of substances ... so it’s a vicious cycle that is often not resolved until someone dies.

Most people with mental illness really don’t want the meds. Meds are costly and have side-effects. Many of the regular mental health patients at the hospital where I worked would wind up relapsing after STOPPING their medications because they didn’t like the way the medication made them feel.

It’s a shame that some people seem, these days, to remain doubtful and cavalier and even dismissive of people with mental illness. There may come a day in your life when a friend or family member needs help. There may come a time someone confides in you that they control a mental condition with medications. The correct and human response is, “It doesn’t matter to me. I’m glad that you’ve gotten help and nothing will change between us.”

And if, God forbid, there comes a day that YOU should find yourself unable to sleep for five days and suddenly agitated...or so depressed and hopeless that you plan to take your life ... I hope that you swallow your pride and talk to your doctor because mental illness is real and it kills people every day.


63 posted on 11/17/2011 2:29:32 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sixteen out of nine people with mental disorders don’t even know it.


64 posted on 11/17/2011 2:30:08 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Soma do...and soma don’t.”
— Henry Gibson

And now “some” are 20 per cent or so. When the govt is ready to take our guns away, 1 in 5 won’t have a leg to stand on. And while that may or may not be the plan, I’ll bet the planners are aware of this advantage. Any “mental health” records we rack up are going to belong to the government. Doctors will soon ask routinely about depression, suicidal thoughts, and the presence of guns in the home, if they don’t already.

If you’re messed up, I say go into denial. It’s safer!


65 posted on 11/17/2011 2:30:43 PM PST by Lady Lucky
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
One in four American women take meds for mental issues?

While the men take alcohol, "coke", meth, maryjane, etc. s/off

66 posted on 11/17/2011 2:35:08 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Winstons Julia
Look at the stigma here. Do you think people admit it?

Bingo. There's a lot of relevance I could add to the conversation, but I don't want to don my asbestos gear.

67 posted on 11/17/2011 2:37:52 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: ctdonath2

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68 posted on 11/17/2011 2:41:42 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Pharmboy
I know about bipolar. I have a family member who has been diagnosed that way, as dark as you can get.

And I think that if he had dealt with his real issues and gotten the right advice years ago he would have been off the drugs by now.

Yes, it's tough but too much enablement makes it way tougher IMO.

69 posted on 11/17/2011 2:42:21 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: momtothree

Yes, neither of your examples sound crazy. And neither sound like they have some kind of disorder. Depression brought on by very trying life circumstances? Sounds like it.


70 posted on 11/17/2011 2:45:38 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: NormsRevenge

Do I get to decide which of my friends is nuts, or may I merely line them up and dub every 4th one


71 posted on 11/17/2011 2:46:58 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: NEMDF

“No one I know takes meds for mental disorders”.

Doubtful! See posts about it being a date breaker. They just don’t tell.


72 posted on 11/17/2011 2:55:30 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America.)
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To: Judith Anne

“Depression was a side effect of the cancer”.

Very true, Judith Anne. My Mom had a period of what she thought could have been depression. Turned out it was pancreatic cancer and yes... one of the symptoms is “feeling blue”. Sometimes depression is a symptom of something else.


73 posted on 11/17/2011 3:00:04 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Jim Noble

If she doesn’t say anything about her meds, you’d still better rummage through her medicine cabinet at the first opportunity.

Also, perusing the common disorders in the DSM so you can spot the symptoms is handy for filtering out the undiagnosed cases.


74 posted on 11/17/2011 3:02:36 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Siena Dreaming

You don’t know about bipolar unless you are a doctor ... or a healthcare worker or someone who suffers from bipolar disorder.

You certainly have your *opinion* about what you think should have happened with your family member... but you don’t really know about it.

“Yes, it’s tough...” I hope you’d never approach your family member and tell him, “Hey ... you’ve been enabled too much ... you should deal with your real issues and get off your medication...” because that’s a recipe for disaster. People don’t understand that in most cases mental illness is as life or death an issue as cancer is.


75 posted on 11/17/2011 3:02:59 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I think I married two who didn’t ... but should have.


76 posted on 11/17/2011 3:03:07 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: All

future mental illness requiring pills:

excessive intelligence pill.

too many questions pill.

questioning der obama.

conservatism away pill

privacy concern pill.


77 posted on 11/17/2011 3:07:46 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: NormsRevenge

One thing I have found is that depressed people are incredibly self-focused.


78 posted on 11/17/2011 3:09:17 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Winstons Julia
Exactly. And to think not everyone suffering such issues neither has a "cool" disease, nor can spin it by being Famous(TM). Some people just go to pieces over the oddest mundane things at seemingly normal times; few around them have the mental wherewithal to shield themselves and others from the shrapnel. "Pull yourself together" doesn't work when the person in question is suffering from a warped concept of what "together" entails. Sorta like telling someone "stand up straight" despite an inner ear infection screwing with one's sense of where "up" is and what "straight" entails - and everyone's yelling "you know, UP! it's easy, just stand up!" And thanks to the ignorant & bigoted comments on this thread we see why nobody who knows wants to talk about it.
79 posted on 11/17/2011 3:11:13 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Winstons Julia
You certainly DO know something about bipolar if you have seen it up close and personal for years.

No, I have never said those things to my family member. That would be simplistic and unhelpful. However, the long-term goal is to help someone become stronger, not weaker. Our dependency culture stretches to mental health issues such as bi-polarism and entraps the individual into a downward cycle otherwise known as bondage.

80 posted on 11/17/2011 3:11:13 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: NormsRevenge

This article is ridiculous. The statistic is about as believable as the old chestnut that men beat their wives on Superbowl Sunday.


81 posted on 11/17/2011 3:12:48 PM PST by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Revolting cat!

1 out of 4 Women are progressive socialist. They are nuts.


82 posted on 11/17/2011 3:17:42 PM PST by steveab (When was the last time someone tried to sell you a CO2 induced climate control system for your home?)
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To: ctdonath2; All

It’s very terrible to imply that someone with a mental illness isn’t worthy of love...because God knows...they need it the most.

Many folks with mental illness are scared to enter relationships anyway because they worry that they will mess it up somehow or that, if they have kids, they will pass the disease to them.

Not all depressed people are self-focused ... many are actually very very selfless...too selfless ... selfless enough to think life’s not worth living. And no manner of wealth ... or physical comfort... can ease their pain.

In short ... there are a lot of opinions on this thread. We know what those are like. But a further point ... how many members are there on this site? How many of THEM do you think may have a diagnosis of mental illness?

Instead of wondering how many of these folks aren’t dateable and who really ought to just suck it up and deal with life and are probably overmedicated...maybe tonight just say a prayer that it never happens to you or someone you love and ask the Lord to ease ALL suffering mental and otherwise.

Thanks for not flaming.


83 posted on 11/17/2011 3:45:01 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Judith Anne

Severe anemia also causes depression-like symptoms. I was so anemic at one point that I needed a transfusion, yet my GP was prescribing anti-depressants for me.
A significantly high proportion of smokers also suffer from mental disorders.


84 posted on 11/17/2011 4:25:05 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: Secret Agent Man
Remember the days when “mother’s little helper” was either an ass paddle, or a glass of wine?

You must have grown up in a rather interesting neighborhood. ;-)

85 posted on 11/17/2011 4:29:44 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Hodar
"And I hear that 75% of women with mental disorders go undiagnosed"

Their husbands will know...quite well...


86 posted on 11/17/2011 4:42:30 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
"Well, that pretty explains everything."

Yes it does; it means that three out of four are not taking their meds.


87 posted on 11/17/2011 4:45:52 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: ex91B10
And they will never speak of it, and nobody will help them.
88 posted on 11/17/2011 6:51:15 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: andy58-in-nh

It was called America.


89 posted on 11/17/2011 8:58:24 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Much of it may be dietary deficiencies from the poor diets so many Americans eat as well as food plants grown in soils depleted of natural goodness.
90 posted on 11/17/2011 9:08:05 PM PST by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: NormsRevenge

1 in 4? That is so not right. it’s more 3.999999 in 4.


91 posted on 11/18/2011 12:03:33 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason why we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Because of the ambiguity of our language--or the overly broad use of some words--most people think of feeling "blue" or sad as depression.

Clinical depression is a far different thing and is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. It has little to do with "feeling a little blue." Like many experiences, no one can fully appreciate what real depression is like unless they have direct experience with it, either personally or through someone they know. A few days in bed is not depression. Going months and months with interrupted sleep patterns, complete lack of the ability to enjoy life's simple pleasures, excessive weight gain or loss with the commensurate change in appetite, continual thoughts of suicide--that's depression. No amount of positive thinking or "buck-up," "keep a stiff upper lip" kind of thinking will work.

Given the above exception, the effort by pharmaceutical companies to promote their drugs to the general public is, at the very least, unethical. They do try to convey the impression that any time you don't feel cheery, you need a pill for it. We have become a "Dr. Feelgood" society that, by and large, have been convinced that we need a pill for everything.

Given their propensity for wanting citizens to be controllable and subservient to the state, I'm sort of surprised that the powers that be not only don't legalize marijuana, but don't make it mandatory--sort of like the movie "Equilibrium."
92 posted on 11/18/2011 6:45:18 AM PST by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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