The Increasing Use Of Antidepressants: Some Reasons For Concern
The Authors compare suicide rates in the Nordic countries with autopsy and ill-defined death rates, and antidepressant sales, during the period 1961 through to 2003, finding a close correlation between suicide rates and both autopsy and ill-defined death rates.The Authors conclude that the role of autopsies and other factors in the registration of a death as a suicide appear to need further clarification.
In another article Mojtabai and collaborators analyze the increase in antidepressant medication in the US in the past decade in two US general population surveys.
The rate of antidepressant drug treatment increased more than four times between early 1990s and early 2000s. The trend was similar across sociodemographic groups. Younger adults, men and racial/ethnic minorities continued to receive antidepressant treatment at a lower rate compared to middle-aged adults, women and non-Hispanic whites, respectively. The rate of antidepressant treatment increased more in the group of less severely ill individuals than in those with more severe psychopathology. The results of this study indicate that sociodemographic disparities in antidepressant treatment persisted over the last decade in the US, lending support to concerns about undertreatment among traditionally underserved groups, whereas the greater increase in the rate of antidepressant treatment in the less severely ill group lends support to concerns about antidepressant overtreatment in this population.
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