Antidepressant Prescriptions Increase without Proper Diagnosis

Antidepressant medications are increasingly being prescribed by medical doctors that do not diagnose psychiatric illnesses. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 73 percent of all antidepressant prescriptions are written by nonpsychiatrists.

Researchers from Columbia University and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health studied prescribing trends among antidepressant medications and found that new prescriptions have increased dramatically in last 20 years. These medications are currently the third-most common drug class in the U.S., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The study didn’t show whether there is an inappropriate prescribing trend, although researchers are pushing for answers.

Antidepressants are prescribed to treat the symptoms of depression, including excessive fatigue and sadness. The National Institutes of Health says that many patients have to change prescriptions and drug strengths several times over the course of treating depression.

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