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Antidepressants Are Overprescribed According To New Study

A new study reveals that antidepressants are being prescribed for patients who are not depressed or dealing with any other mental illness. “We’ve seen a marked increase in antidepressant use among individuals with no psychiatric diagnosis,” said Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, the study author. “Between 1996 and 2007, the number of visits where individuals were prescribed antidepressants with no psychiatric diagnoses increased from 59.5 percent to 72.7 percent.” The study learned that although antidepressants are used to relieve major depression, anxiety disorder and other emotional problems, the drugs are also effective for certain types of pain and other physical problems. The problem, however, is that the drugs are being indiscriminately prescribed for anything from stress, relationship problems and low self-esteem. Often, physicians are giving prescriptions for these drugs for no apparent medical reason.

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