Either way, pretty sad.
Medications to treat mental health disorders is soaring among U.S. adults, according to data released Wednesday by Medco Health Solutions, a pharmacy benefit manager.
Twenty percent of all adults said they took at least one medication to treat a mental disorder. Among women, 25% said they took such medication and 20% said they were using an antidepressant.
The survey analyzed prescription drug trends among 2.5 million insured Americans from 2001 to 2010.
Medco (external - login to view) researchers also found that adults ages 20 to 44 had the greatest uptick in use of anti-anxiety (external - login to view) medications, atypical antipsychotics and drugs to treat ADHD (external - login to view). The number of women on ADHD medications was 2.5 times higher in 2010 than in 2001.
One in five U.S. adults takes medication for mental disorder - latimes.com (external - login to view)