Study finds that taking mental health medication is pretty common

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A recent study has found that 1 in 6 Americans take antidepressants or other mental health medication.

According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, approximately one out of six Americans have taken an antidepressant or mental health medicine at least once in their life.

16.7% of adults filed one or more psychiatric drug prescriptions

The new study brings to light the truth that people with mental health concerns should not feel ostracized or judged for their condition.

The study found that 16.7 percent of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more psychiatric drug prescriptions back in 2013, the last time when the researchers gathered information.

12% of people recorded said that they took antidepressants, a little bit over 8% took drugs for anxiety, sedatives, and sleeping pills, and 1.6% took antipsychotic medication, commonly used to treat ailments such as schizophrenia.

The usage varied depending on race and ethnicity

Additionally, the researchers found a large disparity between people of different races and their usage of medication. 20.8% of white adults reported use while for Hispanic adults, only 8.7% reported using medication. This can possible be due to the fact that minorities usually receive inferior health care, especially mental health care, compared to white individuals. Cultural stigma and a lack of healthcare providers are also a possible reason for the disparity.

The study is important since it’s helpful in reducing the stigma and stereotypes for those who suffer from mental health problems. A lot of people who suffer from a mental health condition feel that others aren’t compassionate or understanding regarding their concern. Knowing that there are a lot of people who suffer the same problems is heartening for people who need support.

Go to the next page to learn more about supporting someone with a mental health illness.

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