13% of Americans Take Antidepressants

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13% of Americans Take Antidepressants

13% of Americans Take Antidepressants © Getty Images Antidepressants are some of the most popular drugs in the United States, and their usage shows no signs of waning.

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that from 2011 through 2014, the most recent data available, close to 13% of people 12 and older said they took an antidepressant in the last month. That number is up from 11% in 2005-2008.

The most recent numbers have increased by nearly 65% since 1999-2002, when 7.7% of Americans reported taking an antidepressant.

Many people who took antidepressants, which are used to treat depression as well as anxiety, also reported using them longterm: 68% of people ages 12 and up said they had been taking their antidepressant for two years or more. A quarter of people who took antidepressants reported taking them for 10 years or more.

The study authors also found that women were about twice as likely as men to say they took antidepressants, a trend that’s been evident for a few years. (Women are twice as likely to develop depression as men.) Antidepressant use also became more common as people got older.

As TIME reported in a recent cover story, clinical depression affects about 16 million people in the U.S. and is estimated to cost the U.S. about $210 billion a year in productivity loss and health care needs. Global revenue for antidepressants is projected to grow to nearly $17 billion by 2020.

This article was originally published on TIME.com

Gallery: How these famous men conquered depression and found happiness (by Best Life) men are diagnosed with depression every single year. However, according to recent statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, that figure could actually be a lot higher. The stats showed that men are much less likely to report their depression than women are—and they’re even less likely to seek out professional help. Even more sobering: men who suffer from depression commit suicide with four times the frequency of our female counterparts.

Since May is officially Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve decided to celebrate a few of the famous and successful men who have bravely broken ranks with their gender and opened up about their depression in the past—and detailed the ways in which they managed to overcome it. So if you’re feeling the insidious effects of depression entering your life—if you’re feeling tired, irritable, and largely indifferent—please know that you’re not alone. We’d urge you to see out professional help immediately. And if your symptoms are more manageable, here are several drug-free ways you can use to battle the blues.

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