NIMH · Antidepressants: A complicated picture

NIMH · Antidepressants: A complicated picture

A new report tracking antidepressant use among Americans from 2005-2008 found that more than 1 in 10 Americans ages 12 and older report taking an antidepressant medication.i These new data, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), comes in the wake of a lively debate in the media about whether antidepressants are effective in treating depression, or if they are just expensive, overused placebos.