Thursday, November 17, 2011
1 in 4 Women Taking Medication for Mental Disorder
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.Some of this has to be due to big pharmco pushing drugs 24/7 on TV, radio, print, web, and thought projection. Some is probably due to people just wanting easy solutions. Pop a pill. You're done.
In adults 20 to 44, use of antipsychotic drugs and treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) more than tripled, while use of anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Valium and Ativan rose 30per cent from a decade ago.
The company said women are twice as likely as men to use anxiety treatments as 11per cent of women 45 to 65 are on an anxiety medication.
Women are also more likely than men to take antipsychotic drugs like Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Abilify, which treat disorders like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
'What is not as clear is if more people — especially women - are actually developing psychological disorders that require treatment.
Medco found that prescriptions of those drugs for children have dropped since 2004, when the FDA warned they were linked to suicidal thoughts when used in people under 19.
The company said less than 1per cent of children use antipsychotics drugs, although the figure has doubled since 2001.
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