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Many Get Antidepressants for No Psychiatric Reason

More than a quarter of Americans taking antidepressants have not been diagnosed with a single one of the conditions the drugs are typically used to treat. This means millions could be exposed to the drugs' side effects without any demonstrated benefit.

Researchers looked at a nationally representative sample of more than 20,000 U.S. adults. Roughly one in ten told interviewers they had been taking antidepressants. But a quarter of those had never been diagnosed with a condition such as major depression or anxiety disorder.

According to Reuters:

"... [E]xperts said the new findings are not exaggerated ... With sales of $9.9 billion in 2009 ... antidepressants rank fourth among prescription drugs in the U.S."

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