Antidepressant use doubles in US

Below you will find a link to an article that indicates anti-depressant use has doubled in the US:

Reuters AlertNet – Antidepressant use doubles in US, study finds

Here’s the quotation I found most interesting:

“The survey did not look at why, but the researchers made some educated guesses. It may be more socially acceptable to be diagnosed with and treated for depression, they said. The availability of new drugs may also have been a factor.”

What do you think? How taboo is it to be diagnosed with depression? Is it more or less so if you are a pastor or some other type of church worker?

2 thoughts on “Antidepressant use doubles in US”

  1. DMR:

    Even though this is an older post it deserves a comment. Part of the reason "Van Gogh's Ear" is taboo is because it is so nebulous and seemingly subjective. Cancer is obvious to the machines. Depression isn't.

    Until they get a brain scan or a blood test that says "depressed, you must have 'Van Gogh's Ear'" the taboo will remain. IMHO. FWIW.

    And yes I am putting a name to it to take the taboo away, as you suggested in another post.

    Bad Ice

  2. DMR:

    Even though this is an older post it deserves a comment. Part of the reason "Van Gogh's Ear" is taboo is because it is so nebulous and seemingly subjective. Cancer is obvious to the machines. Depression isn't.

    Until they get a brain scan or a blood test that says "depressed, you must have 'Van Gogh's Ear'" the taboo will remain. IMHO. FWIW.

    And yes I am putting a name to it to take the taboo away, as you suggested in another post.

    Bad Ice

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