Antidepressants are increasingly given without psychiatric diagnosis

08/4/2011 | HealthDay News

A U.S. study of 233,144 adults found that the percentage of prescriptions for antidepressants written by nonpsychiatrists rose from 4% in 1996 to almost 9% in 2007. Among patients without a diagnosis of mental illness, the percentage grew from 2.5% to 6.4%. Researchers noted in Health Affairs that white women ages 35 to 64 as well as publicly insured patients with chronic illnesses were most commonly prescribed antidepressants without a psychiatric diagnosis.

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