A prayer for depression epidemic
By: Daniel C. Laughlin, MD and Lisa K. Brown, MD, PhD – The American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.
9, p. 938.
Published: March 01, 2018 05:33:32A major depression epidemic is on the rise and more than 100 million Americans will be affected by the new illness in 2019, according to a new report by the National Institutes of Health.
The number of people reporting symptoms of major depressive disorder increased by 20% in the first quarter of 2019, the NIH said.
The rise is driven by the use of antidepressants, the use in the workplace and by people with comorbid conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, which have also been linked to increased depression.
The rise is a result of the widespread use of the antidepressant fluoxetine, a newer drug developed by Pfizer.
The new drug has shown promise in treating symptoms of depression, but it has only been approved for use in adults and not for younger patients.
The report found that in the past year, the number of Americans reporting symptoms increased by 24%.
This increase was largely driven by new people receiving treatment for depression at hospitals, outpatient clinics and other health care facilities.
The CDC reported in May that the number and severity of depression symptoms had increased by more than 10% in 2019.
This increase, the agency said, is likely driven by a combination of the use and misuse of antidepressants and the increased use of newer, more effective antidepressants.
The agency said in a statement the new report is important to help Americans understand the seriousness of the problem and to provide some reassurance to health care providers, mental health professionals and others about the impact of the new disease on them and their loved ones.